New Mexico could see a White Christmas

Posted at: 12/20/2012 5:25 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Chances seem to be improving for much of New Mexico to have a White Christmas, and that includes the Albuquerque area. But don't bet the ranch on it.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service aren't sure yet.

"There is a system that we have our eyes on for Christmas Eve night or Christmas Eve late, transitioning into Christmas Day," said Weather Service meteorologist Kerry Jones. "There is some hope that for some areas of Central and Northern New Mexico snowflakes may actually fall from the sky on Christmas Day."

Historically, there's only about a one in eight chance of seeing snow falling on Christmas Day in Albuquerque, and the odds of measurable snowfall are even worse.

December started warm and dry for most of the state, but lately things are looking better. " The good news is that starting with Dec. 10, we finally got into the stoprm track," said Weather Service hydrologist Ed Polasko. "It finally starts to feel like winter. Unfortunately, the lower elevations aren't getting much in the way of precipitation. Thank goodness the snow is falling in the mountains."

Jones points out that the classic White Christmas depends on everyone's personal definition: Does it mean snow actually falling, or can it mean snow on the ground?

The last decent Christmas snow in Albuquerque was in 2000 - twelve years ago!