Hello friends! Sorry I haven't written in awhile! The Christmas season is here! Christmas is my favorite holiday but this year it is very special since it is the first time in FOUR years that I get to go home to Chicago to be with my family. Working holidays is a part of the biz and unfortunately, Christmas is not a holiday for local news. I do enjoy tracking Santa on Christmas Eve for the kiddos. If you'd like to track Santa for your kids here is the link.
I'm dreaming of a White Christmas...
Just like the ones I used to know.
Okay, maybe not that bad. Yes, my first Christmas away from home was spent on my News Director's couch, snowed in on Christmas Eve 2009. Welcome to NewsChannel 4!
According to the National Weather Service, a "White Christmas" is defined as an area having at least 1 inch of snow on the ground on Christmas Day. According to NOAA, climatology says most of Oklahoma has a less than 5 percent chance of having an official "White Christmas."
So will we see an official "White Christmas" this year? If the current models verify then YES.
This is the 00Z run of the ECMWF at 6pm on Christmas Day. This is showing snow...heavy snow...over Oklahoma. The previous run showed a lighter version of what you see above. So, should we start freaking out? No. This is still a WAYS out in forecast land and winter weather is arguably one of the toughest types of weather to forecast. Another model, the GFS shows slightly warmer air in place which would delay rain changing to snow and lend to smaller accumulations.
All I am saying is that there is a chance for accumulating snow on Christmas. Considering there has been very calm weather in Oklahoma for several months....this is very exciting! So stay tuned for the latest!