The halls are decked, the stockings are hung by the chimney with care, and the branches on the tree look lovely. But where's the snow? Are we in for a white Christmas?
After snow two weeks ago, rain and near-record-high temperatures will be moving in for the weekend. Instead of getting sleds out, boats may be more helpful, as two to as much as four inches of rain is expected from late Friday evening through Sunday morning. The good news though is that temperatures will be in the upper 50s and low 60s through Sunday, when the temperature will begin to fall.
White Christmases in Cincinnati really not that common - the last three occurred in 2010, 2004, and 2002. In fact, the National Weather Service puts Cincinnati and much of southern Ohio and Indiana in a 10-25% chance for a White Christmas each year. This year, however, the Tri-State will likely see a brown Christmas with rain (and mud) expected through the weekend. The National Weather Service defines a 'White Christmas' as one where there is at least one inch of snow on the ground.
Just like any other time during the year, Cincinnati has experienced some wacky weather on Christmases in the past. In 1893 temperatures approached 70 degrees. In 1957 over an inch of rain fell. Almost four inches of snow fell in 1909. Frigid temperatures took over the Tri-State in 1983 when the low was -12. Ouch.