Forecast: Icy Travel Through The Afternoon In Many Areas

A second storm will quickly develop off shore and swipe us with a period of snow and possibly snow and rain along the shore for Christmas Eve after midnight through Christmas Morning. On Sunday night, the temperature will drop to a low of 33, though it will feel closer to between 25 and 30 degrees because of winds traveling around 14 miles per hour.

Many parts of the Rockies will have a white Christmas along with some cold weather. None of these storms will be blockbuster events, but the prolonged nature of the wintry weather on Christmas weekend makes this a more significant event than usual. Wind gusts piled snow four to eight feet high along the coast.

Lows near 10 below are expected Christmas Day morning in Great Falls, according to the National Weather Service. Overnight lows will bottom out in the low-mid 20's making for a cold one.

"It's going to be blustery maybe with a few flurries and a passing snow shower", Head said.

Christmas Day: Becoming mostly sunny. Highs today should reach the upper 30s.

Snow showers for Christmas Eve day with highs in the lower 30s.

"The normal temperatures for this time of year are in the low 40s, so this isn't really unusual weather", said National Weather Service meteorologist Melissa Di Spigna. 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.

As we dream about a white Christmas, some will see that dream turn into a reality Christmas morning! Most of the area could see accumulations of 3 to 5-inches with lesser accumulations of 1 to 3-inches far north in counties adjacent to the Illinois-Wisconsin state line. The most recent was Christmas in 2009, a winter of several major snow storms, when the area had 6 inches of snow on the ground from a previous snowstorm.

  • Santos West