With Five Weeks to Go, Who Will See a White Christmas?

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The Christmas holiday is only five weeks away and many are wondering if they will see a white Christmas this year … Here are the latest predictions for winter 2020-2021 for various regions of the US.

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Where will it snow?

The United States has had a scorching summer in 2020 and the warm weather keeps on coming. It is unusually warm for November in many parts of the US. Places such as Phoenix and Tucson have seen temperature records shattered this week as both areas saw 90 degree days occurring at the latest date in the year ever recorded. Both places may break the record again today by reaching 90 degrees or higher.

AccuWeather’s Lead Long-Range forecaster and Senior Meteorologist Paul Pastelok issued the organization’s predictions for the major regions of the United States for winter, as well as where there may be snow on the ground come Christmas morning, KREM reported.

Winter 2020-2021

For winter 2020-2021, Pastelok predicts the following:

  • Pacific Northwest: Wet and snowy.
  • Northern Rockies: Cold surges.
  • West-Southwest: Warm and dry.
  • South-central US: Mainly dry.
  • Midwest: Big swings.
  • Upper Midwest: Snow at times.
  • Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, mid-Atlantic: Rain and snow.
  • Northeast: Mid-winter thaw.
  • Mid-South and Southeast: Turning milder.
  • Deep South in Florida: Mainly dry.

Areas with the highest chance of a white Christmas compared to normal

Places with a historically high percentage of having a white Christmas can expect the same this year, Pastelok predicts. But what is exciting, is those places that typically don’t, or this year, generally speaking, including the Northwest, Ohio Valley, and Tennessee Valley. Parts of the Midwest also have an increased chance.

Other high chances include the Pacific Northwest and western Idaho; Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, central and eastern Tennessee, western West Virginia, extreme western Virginia.

Other winter predictions four 2020-2021

In addition to the latest predictions, The Old Farmers’ Almanac and the Climate Prediction Center of The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a division of the National Weather Service (NWS) also made predictions for winter 2020-2021 that fall at the opposite parts of the spectrum.

NOAA: Above average temperatures

In October, The Climate Prediction Center of The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said La Niña will bring above-average temperatures for winter 2020-2021 for most of the nation.

“With La Nina well established and expected to persist through the upcoming 2020 winter season, we anticipate the typical, cooler, wetter North, and warmer, drier South, as the most likely outcome of winter weather that the U.S. will experience this year,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

Because of the unusual dryness predicted across much of the US, it’s best to start shopping for lotions, moisturizers, and body wash cream for dry skin now before supplies sell out. The pandemic is still affecting the inventory of many types of products.

The Old Farmers’ Almanac: The winter of the great divide

Back in August, The Old Farmers’ Almanac made its prediction it called the “winter of the great divide” calling for a winter that is “seasonably cold, wet and white.” However, it predicted the worst part of the season to come in February.

In particular, the Farmers’ Almanac predicted the northern Rockies and mid-central US to see above-normal snowfall, while the northeast and upper midwest to experience normal winter weather.