Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 24, 2013

Will region have a white Christmas?

By CHARLES OWENS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Dreaming of a White Christmas? It actually could be possible if a round of snow showers predicted for the region today come to fruition.

Snow showers are possible early today in the Bluefield area, and could continue through the late afternoon. A light dusting of snow is possible. And the temperature outside will be cold enough to keep any snow on the ground — at least through Christmas morning, according to Mike Sporer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va.

“It’s definitely not going to be a very significant event by any stretch of the imagination,” Sporer said. “It is not like we have a system coming through. This will be just northwest flow coming into the area. We are looking at snow showers being squeezed out of it.”

But with a high of only 28 degrees expected today, any snow that does fall on the ground should stick around for Christmas morning. Sporer said there is currently a 50 to 55 percent chance of snow today for the Bluefield area. The chances for snow increase north of Bluefield toward Greenbrier County where a couple of inches of snow is possible.

“We are not going to get above freezing (today),” Sporer said. “So if there are any areas that see a dusting of snow it will likely be there for Christmas morning.”

Rain actually turned to snow for a brief period of time late Monday evening in the Bluefield area.

But today’s cold spell will be short lived. Temperatures will climb above freezing on Christmas Day — possibly melting any snow left on the ground by Wednesday afternoon. And temperatures will climb close to 50 by the weekend.

Although the forecast can change from day to day, Sporer said current models aren’t suggesting any major snowstorms between now and the new year.

— Contact Charles Owens at cowens@bdtonline.com