Still a chance for a white Christmas; Driving conditions look OK for Christmas Eve, Day

Published 10:06 am Monday, December 22, 2014

Snow is expected early this week, but the question is whether it’ll stick around long enough for a white Christmas.

The Austin area was expected to see a damp start to the week, with rain for much of Monday and a high near 37, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologist Croix Christenson said the rain will cease at about 6 p.m. Monday night, and it should turn into snow through midnight. Christenson said it looks like there will be 1 to 2 inches of snow between Monday night and Tuesday morning. Although there will be some melting due to warm ground temperatures, the snow could stick around for Christmas.

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“Not a lot but it should be enough that you can squeak out a white Christmas out there,” Christenson said.

Driving conditions for Christmas Eve and Christmas day look decent, according to Christenson, as the snow and rain should cease.

“Those should be in pretty good shape,” Christenson said.

However, Friday will see another mix of rain and snow. There is no freezing rain on the forecast, as the temperature will stay in the 30s through Friday and decrease to the teens and 20s on Saturday and Sunday.