The nation will be divided on Christmas week with cold air out west and mild temperatures in the east.
There is a substantial snow pack in the Rocky Mountain states and that is where a White Christmas will be likely next week.
With the official start of winter, also known as the winter solstice, coming in on Monday night and Christmastime nearing, it would seem fitting that the cold air currently in place will be with us for the holidays.
That, however, will not be the case as it is shaping up to be a rather warm and balmy Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for us in the Texas Forest Country. Rain chances will be slim-to-none, but it will be a little warm for Santa's arrival when he passes through East Texas on Christmas Eve night.
The jet stream will be oriented in a way in which most of Texas and the eastern half of the country will be enduring warmer than normal conditions for Christmas week. Some areas could be warm enough to warrant some people breaking out the short sleeves and shorts.
If you are looking somewhere to go for a White Christmas, then you will want to head west, where over a foot of snow is already on the ground in parts of the Rockies and Intermountain West states.
It is the western part of the United States where cooler than normal conditions are expected to prevail for next week and continuing into Christmas Day.
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