Snow for Christmas?

Snow for Christmas?
Chuck Debroder-KTSM
Weather Talk

POSTED: Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 3:45pm

UPDATED: Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 3:50pm

I know I said yesterday I hated the cold weather, but I do love a little snow here and then.

Fun Fact: Did you know it feels warmer when it snows? The reason is quite simple.

But first what you need to know is that cold air cannot hold a lot of moisture, that is why during very cold weather evaporation is reduced and air humidity remains low.

It is during these conditions that snow cannot form.

So of course the opposite is true for warm air.  Think of humid summer days. Warmer air can hold more moisture before the saturation point is reached and the water vapor begins to condense out.

So when warmer air, holding more moisture, moves into cooler dry areas, the water molecules turn into snow!

Awesome isn't it?

But the question still remains, will El Paso see a white Christmas this year?

Ok so applying what we have now learned, and mixing a little of forecasting in there, lets find out.

According to some of our models, it shows dry air coming into the borderland region and clearing us out of moisture until Thursday of this coming work week. We will also be seeing those highs hit the 60's (warm air) starting on Tuesday!

We are going to be seeing a cool front (Cold air) coming in on Friday, and it will be mixing in with the warm temperatures, which could possibly result in a slight chance to see a few sprinkles. Will it be snow? It's not very likely.

According to one particular model, this system is predicted to last until Saturday, and clearing off by Sunday.

Another wave of dry air moves into the region drying us off for our Christmas holidays.

Now because we are still far off from Monday's and Tuesday's forecasting period, it's a little hard to predict exactly what could happen.

But as of right now, it's looking like a brown Christmas in El Paso.

-Forecaster Monica Cortez


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