A quick look across the country during the Holidays for those who plan on traveling over the next couple of weeks! Below I will post both the temperature probabilities and the precipitation probabilities based on NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. It is important to remember that these maps show the chance of temperature and precipitation either above or below the average amount during the Holiday season. Each map is through December 24, 2018 through December 30, 2018. Here is a look at the temperatures expected:
As you can see by the map above, the majority of above average temperatures for this time of year will be towards the southeast, where they can expect well above average temperatures mainly in part of a high pressure ridge that will set up in the southeast over the next couple of weeks which will allow warm moist air from the gulf to travel north into the Ohio Valley area. The northeast will also benefit from warmer weather over the couple of weeks as well. As for Colorado, we should stay right around average with mild conditions expected through the end of the year. Areas in Idaho, northern Nevada, Utah and Wyoming could see below average temperatures over the next couple of weeks. This is mostly in part to the high pressure ridge to the southeast limiting any warm air for the Idaho region and allowing cooler air from Canada to creep in south into the Rockies. Slightly above average temperatures may be possible along the Pacific coast as well. Now that we’ve taken a look at the temperatures across the United States, lets see where we can expect an increased or decreased chance of precipitation:
Almost the exact same map showing an increased probability of precipitation central, and southeast United States, with below average to the north on the border of Canada. This makes sense as the high pressure ridge pulls moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and sends it north into the Midwestern states where there could be the potential for severe weather from Texas to Illinois if the conditions are right, with an increase in snow possible for the more norther states, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. As for Colorado, we can see a 40-50% higher probability of precipitation which could possibly indicate some snow coming into our region over the next couple of weeks, although, since this is a probability map chances for a “White Christmas” remain pretty slim for Denver. Here is a link for climate probabilities for snow on December 25th for Denver per National Weather Service: www.weather.gov/bou/denver_xmassnowstats
If you do plan on traveling for the Holidays, always remember to check in with the weather to make sure you can get to where you want to go on time, and safely!