Dreaming of a White Christmas? East Coast is Out of Luck

If you’re dreaming of a "White Christmas" here in north Georgia, you’ll be out of luck. In fact, most of the eastern half of the country is unlikely to experience a white Christmas – which is, by definition, at least 1” of snow on the ground Christmas Day. 

The first map (in the photo gallery above) shows in white where snow is likely to be covering the ground by then (not necessarily fresh snow).  Areas north of the pink line indicate where snow may fall on Christmas Day. The western half of the country (especially higher elevations) will hold the highest chance of having snow on the ground.

The European model (second image) shows not only where snow cover is likely, but also how deep that snow may be.

For north Georgia, after this weekend’s cold snap, temperatures will begin to warm up again for Christmas week. A warmer and wetter pattern will take hold for most of the week. The highest rain chances kick in late Tuesday through Wednesday (with possible storms).  Rain will linger into Christmas Eve, but may clear by Christmas Eve night.  Assuming the rain moves along on schedule, Christmas Day will be dry, but unusually mild. As temperatures climb through the 60s from Monday through Wednesday, Christmas Eve will reach 70 in the afternoon.  It will be about the same for Christmas Day!

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