Winter Outlook for El Paso

El Paso News

Winter is fast approaching, arriving on December 21st, and many people are already wondering what our winter outlook looks like this year for El Paso. 

You may have heard the Farmers Almanac predicting a bitterly cold and possibly wet winter, but the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration is saying not so fast.  

That’s because we’re under an El Niño Watch, which usually means warmer temperatures and better chances for precipitation for much of the Southern United States, including the Desert Southwest.
In fact, no part of the U.S. is favored to have below-average temperatures this winter. 
So what does this mean for our holidays?
Starting with Christmas:
El Paso normally hits about 56° for the holiday, and right now we are predicting a high in the low 60s.
Last year we were well above average at 71°!
The warmest winter was set back in 1933 at 75°!
As for the coldest afternoon, El Paso saw a mere 31° set back in 1983.

New Year’s Day:
The average high is also 56°, and it looks we should be hovering around that this year, as well.
Let’s talk about snow:
The last time we had measurable snow in December was back in 2015 with 8.1 inches!
It wasn’t exactly a white Christmas, but it came close. 
In fact, you might remember this was the year the Sun Bowl was played on December 26th.
As for New Year’s Eve, we recorded 7 inches back in 1982.
So the question now is, could we ring in 2019 with some snow?
It’s not out of question, but it is a bit of a stretch at this point. 
Of course, you want to keep updated through KTSM 9 news for any weather changes.

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