Saturday, December 17, 2011

Warm weather ahead; Christmas snow looks less likely

A mild week is on tap for next week as high temperatures will be running above average through Christmas.  We could be in the 40s on Sunday with temperatures in the 30s as the week’s theme.


With the warm air, this will keep the snow chances low through the end of the week.  The GFS is not suggesting any snow through Christmas Eve based on the latest model run:


The European model was keeping a pre-Christmas dusting of snow in the forecast as of last night’s model run.  Still awaiting the mid-day Saturday model run.  This will be last chance of snow.  Based on the mild temperature profiles, I‘m favoring the GFS at this moment.  The odds of a snowless Christmas are looking better each day.


While we had nowhere to dump snow last year, it’s a whole different animal this year.  Lawns are being to green from the recent rainfall on Wednesday, and golf courses have the added benefit of staying open longer this year.  On the other hand, it hurts businesses that depend on snow – snow removal services and retailers, snowmobile dealers, and sporting good retailers of winter equipment and gear. In already tough economic times, this certainly is not welcome.


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