What Are the Chances Kentucky Will See a White Christmas?
Let's clear one thing up right now. I'm "going out on a limb" and saying not all 120 counties in Kentucky will see snow for Christmas. I'm no meteorologist, but I don't think you have to be to make that call.
But we all love snow for Christmas, within reason. I don't care how much you love snow, a crippling storm like the one in 2004 is a little bit of overkill. Sorry, Bing Crosby.
But I'm guessing even Bing would swallow his words; I doubt the 2004 white-out qualifies as a white Christmas "like the ones he used to know." In your mind, change that Camaro above to a 1996 Chevy Corsica and you'll have some idea of what I was dealing with. I couldn't move my car for 16 hours.
However, there are some who were in hog heaven. After all, the storm hit on December 23rd that year, and that made sure snow was still very much present on Christmas. And by the 23rd, many people are already off work and nestled in ready for the big day.
Thank heavens blasts like that are not the norm on December 25th. And actually, around these parts, snow PERIOD really isn't either.
So, according to this National Weather Service map, we could have a nice dusting of snow, but it wouldn't exactly COUNT as a white Christmas. Hey, I'd count it and WELCOME it if that's all there was. That would look great on Christmas morning and not really jack up the roads. And to back up that climate map, the National Weather Service Paducah office offers a grid that shows that, on average, we really shouldn't expect too much Christmas snow, if any at all.
But what ABOUT 2023? We've had a spectacular fall season. The temperatures have been just right. So far, though, no snow. Should we expect that to change in a couple of weeks? According to these seasonal outlook maps from the NWS, I wouldn't hold my breath:
So, for those who would like an uninhibited driving experience this Christmas, the odds are in your favor. For those who want a blanket of white, well...you can always gaze into your snow globe.
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