(WTNH) – Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Well it sure hasn’t happen along the shoreline in a while. Just in case you’re wondering, it doesn’t have to snow on Christmas to be considered a white Christmas. An official “white Christmas” is defined as having 1″ of snow on the ground on December 25th.
As a matter of fact, the last year we’ve had a white Christmas was back in 2009 where there was roughly 5 inches of snow on the ground. The last time it snowed on Christmas was 2012 where .20″ fell along the shore! Do you remember last year? We set a new high temperature when it soared to 64°!
I put together a graphic of the daily highs from the last 4 years from both the shoreline and inland. Other than 2013, 3 of the past 4 years have been above normal. (Normal is: 40°F Shore and 37°F Inland) But what about this year?
There’s a major arctic blast that’s heading our way tonight and will last through the first half of the weekend before another round of snow, ice and rain impacts Connecticut over the weekend. Following that we briefly warm up for a few days but then head right back into the freezer early next week. Although it’s a little too early to say just yet but it looks like this cold will snap in time for Christmas.
In fact, many of our computer models are indicating above average temperatures a few days ahead of Christmas and leading up to it as well. On each graphic I put the forecast temperature for December 25, 2016. Both the shoreline and inland the forecast is above average for the 3rd year in a row!
Obviously this is subject to change so just keep it here with WTNH and StormTeam8 for all of your latest weather forecasts! But if you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, I don’t think it’s going to happen this year!
Meteorologist Kevin Arnone