Wet, Not White, Christmas

Dec. 22, 2016: We may still end up with a white Christmas, but a lot of snow will disappear soon, especially when rain and warmer weather melt and wash it away this weekend. As mentioned yesterday, there’s a little more snow to be added to our month’s total before the melting begins.

Holiday travelers, head’s up. Roads could be a little messy Friday evening.

DMA RPM 4km Hi-Res

No major updates to the snow forecast for Friday. Light snow looks to start in the afternoon, then continue all evening, and wrapping up after 10 pm Friday night.

DMA 24hr RPM 4K Snowfall

The snow may have trouble sticking to the roads at first; with above freezing temperatures and a warmer road bed, roads should stay wet through the afternoon. Once we get into the evening and conditions start cooling off, look for slippery roads at times similar to last Friday during the evening and early overnight.


In total, 1″-2″ of snow is expected in the Stateline, with 2″-4″ of snow falling in Wisconsin and northeast Iowa.

By Christmas, wet weather of a different kind arrives. Stay alert: freezing drizzle is possible Saturday night and Sunday morning. This is a slight change from earlier forecasts calling for freezing rain. The freezing drizzle won’t ice up the roads much, but it could create slick spots, especially on bridges and overpasses.

Futuretrack RPM 12km

By the afternoon, fog and rain showers take over, creating very soggy roads. There even is a slight chance for a few rumbles of thunder Sunday night. Take it slow, since the fog may be dense at times.

We could see over 1/3″ of an inch of rain on Sunday, which may put us in the top 5 for wettest Christmas’s. We won’t beat the top spot, but 2nd place is a definite possibility.

wet christmas

Regardless of when you head out for the holiday, slow down and stay safe on the roads! Have a happy and joyous holiday weekend!



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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on December 22, 2016

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