Will it be a White Christmas in the Magic City? UPDATE!! [AUDIO]
It's December 21 and there is word that we may very well be in store for a white Christmas here in Billings! I talked with Q2 Meteorologist Ed McIntosh for the very latest!
Ed says current indications are that a Canadian cold front and moist Pacific flow will combine to bring colder temperatures and a good chance of snow beginning Sunday and lasting into Christmas Day. At this time it appears that Sunday night and Monday will offer the greatest potential for accumulating snowfall across the region. Details remain uncertain, and at this time, accumulation is not expected to be significant. If it does snow, temperatures will be cold enough to prevent melting.
Though current snow cover is sparse, it seems likely that much of the region will experience a White Christmas this year. According to the National Weather Service, Billings has not experienced a measurable snowfall on either Christmas Eve or Day since 1998, when 0.2 inches fell on Christmas Day. Billings has not received at least an inch of snowfall on December 24th or 25th since 1996. If we do receive snowfall this year, it could be the snowiest Christmas Eve or Day in over a decade. It is also possible that we could break a daily snowfall record on Christmas Eve. The record for December 24th currently stands at only 2.6 inches.
We are less than a week away from Christmas and it's looking rather brown around the area! It feels like it could snow but will it? While I'm not a big fan of the snow, I actually like to see it at Christmas. And living in Montana you would almost think it was a given! So, what are our chances of seeing a white Christmas here in Billings? Q2 Meteorologist Ed McIntosh tells us!
If you are traveling over the holidays chances are you will encounter a white Christmas. A huge winter storm is already dropping snow in Colorado where they could see up to six inches. From there the storm is expected to move across Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa and then Wisconsin and Michigan. Meanwhile a new storm system has moved into the Pacific Northwest that is expected to bring up to two feet of snow in the Cascade Mountains.