On Sunday, Omaha's Memorial Park was filled with families who spent their Christmas Eve enjoying the snow. Timing is still an issue right now, as is the strength of the storm. Most of us will see about a half inch to an inch of snow. With clearing skies expected late tonight, re-freezing of surfaces and black ice will cause hazardous road conditions, especially across inland areas where temps just made it above freezing with plenty of standing water. Our wind will be out of the north at around 10-15mph, so we will have a chilly breeze all day long. Temperatures drop into the teens Christmas night, as they likely will do each and every night for the rest of the week as arctic air settles in.
Snow and rain will break out after midnight and continue through the middle part of Christmas Day. Once the cold air moves in, lake effect snow develops for Northern Oneida into the Tug Hill.
The "Great Christmas Eve Snow Storm" of 2004 blanketed southeast Texas ranging from one to 13 inches across the region. The backside of the system could bring a quick 1-3 inches of snowfall due to some convection. Hastings, Nebraska recorded over 9 inches at a weather service office that year, breaking the previous record from 1945.
Get ready for some snow! Over 7,000 flights were halted, and this odd snowstorm was accompanied with thunder and lightning, according to the History Channel. (Courtesy Tropical Tidbits) Christmas snow will fall this year in much of Southern New England. So late tonight night through early Sunday morning allow extra time to get your destination until temps rise above freezing by midday with some sunshine and temps above freezing. The nor'easter brought with it gusts of 60 mile-per-hour winds.