The forecast for a potential winter storm on Christmas Eve continues to change. Earlier in the week, meteorologists were predicting at least 1-to-3 inches of new snow on Christmas Eve. On Wednesday, Dec. 22, they were predicting that the snowstorm was going to hit below the Greater Cincinnati area. Now, there are reports that snow is going to hit the area.
Most local television meteorologists are predicting that the area will receive 2-to-4 inches of snow accumulation. Many are currently predicting that Northern Kentucky will receive more snow than Northern Cincinnati or West Chester.
However, Fox 19 meteorologist Katy Morgan reported yesterday morning that the projected snowfall totals in Oxford will be 4.15 inches and 3.95 inches in Hamilton by Christmas night.
Meanwhile, WCPO meteorologist Steve Norris is predicting this morning that the area will receive 1-to-3 inches of new snowfall with four inches landing in Northern Kentucky.
Using the National Weather Service in Wilmington as a resource, Cincinnati.com is reporting that the Greater Cincinnati area will be hit with two inches of new snow, which should start falling about at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve and continue to about 5 p.m. on Christmas Day.
Areas south of the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky will see the most snow. Communities in Hamilton County and further north will get the least, according to the Cincinnati.com report.
“The models do keep changing,” meteorologist John Franks told Cincinnati.com. “Be patient. Right now it looks like we’re going to see some snow. It’s not going to be a major inconvenience. It will be more aesthetic and for the time of it occurring – Christmas – I think most people would like to see that. It shouldn’t be anything that the road crews wouldn’t be able to keep up with. It shouldn’t hamper anyone’s ability to get where they need to go.”
Despite every local forecast being flip flopped in the last 24 hours, the National Weather Service is still predicting the same weather in its detailed seven-day forecast. It is calling for a slight chance of snow after 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve with a 20 percent chance of precipitation.
UPDATE at 5:45 p.m. 12/23
The National Weather Service has changed its forecast to coincide with other recent forecasts calling for snow on Christmas Eve.
The current forecast:
Friday: Cloudy, with a high near 31. Light northeast wind.
Friday Night: Snow, mainly before 5 a.m. Low around 25. Light northeast wind. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Christmas Day: A chance of snow, mainly before 9 a.m. Cloudy, with a high near 31. North wind between 5 and 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Saturday Night: A slight chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 22. North wind between 6 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
UPDATE at 10:54 a.m. 12/24
Snow appears to be a sure thing this Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. What exact time will the snow fall is unknown. WCPO’s Steve Norris “the snow will be generally light with occasional moderate bursts and will accumulate 1″ to 3″ by around dawn Christmas.” That being said, snow could start falling early this evening and continue into Christmas morning.
The current forecast from the National Weather Service:
Today: A slight chance of snow after 4 p.m. Cloudy, with a high near 33. Light northeast wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tonight: Snow. Low around 25. Northeast wind between 3 and 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Christmas Day: A chance of snow, mainly before 10 a.m. Cloudy, with a high near 29. North wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Saturday Night: A slight chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 21. North wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
There is a slight chance this forecast will change again. Please visit National Weather Service West Chester forecast page for updates.
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