As Christmas Day approaches, you may wonder what the chances are of waking up to a picturesque, snow-covered landscape on December 25th. Well, if you live out West, it looks promising, thanks to a couple of storm systems.
However, if you reside in the Eastern half of the country, you probably shouldn't get your hopes up.
Out in the Western United States, the weather pattern is coming together to provide the possibility of a travel-snarling, landscape-coating snow event leading up to Christmas.
A weather disturbance approaching the Pacific Northwest on Friday evening will join forces with another system over the Southwestern states. The two will merge into one larger storm that will sweep through much of the Intermountain West and High Plains over the weekend.
It will bring widespread snow showers from Saturday through Sunday morning. The Pacific Northwest will also see precipitation, but it will fall as rain and snow mix.
The most substantial snow accumulations are predicted for the mountain ranges, where over half a foot is plausible in the Rockies and Cascades. Bitter cold air entrenched across the West should prevent any snow that accumulates from melting rapidly.
This means new snow could stick around long enough to provide a White Christmas in some areas.
By Christmas Eve, the storm's core will shift into the Northern Plains, with the Dakotas and Nebraska in the bullseye. A few inches of new snow could whitewash these regions on Christmas morning.
Snow showers will linger in some areas as well, making for postcard-worthy holiday scenes.
So, which cities stand the best chance of waking up to snow-globe conditions on December 25th?
Denver, Colorado; Helena, Montana; Pierre, South Dakota; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Salt Lake City, Utah, seem to have the best odds.