Christmas Snowstorm Threat Coming Later in the East

December 23, 2010; 5:15 AM ET
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The cross-country snowstorm we have been tracking at AccuWeather.com is coming later during the Christmas holiday, and potentially could affect tens of millions of more people.

The caboose in a series of potent storms rolled ashore in California on Wednesday, and holds the key to the track and severity of winter weather in the South and the East beginning around Christmas Day and continuing beyond.

The storm appears as though it will be stronger and farther south upon crossing the middle of the nation.

While this probably means snow for part of Dixie on Christmas, it could lead to a wrapped-up storm heading northward along the Atlantic Seaboard in the Sunday-to-Monday period.


No white Christmas for most of the coastal Northeast, but if we count the 26th, maybe...

Expert Senior Meteorologist Dale Mohler stated that he is noticing some similarities on the charts with this storm and the March 1993 super storm.

"Every storm is different, but I could see how this storm 'bombs out' somewhere along the East Coast. The question is how far north or east," Mohler stated.

AccuWeather.com meteorologists believe that none of the computer models have the exact idea on the storm, and they are basing current forecasts on years of experience in these situations.

There are two scenarios for this storm, as the AccuWeather team sees it now.

The first is the storm will quickly strengthen, tracking northward along the coast and spreading heavy, accumulating snow through the I-95 mid-Atlantic and New England. Snow could extend back to the Appalachians with this track.

The second is the storm will drop accumulating snow on part of Georgia and the Carolinas, but then head out to sea. However, this track could still allow the storm to hook back into New England with heavy, windswept snow.

AccuWeather.com employs over 60 meteorologists, and many will be on duty over the Christmas holiday, continuously reaching a consensus on the storm threatening the South and East Coast in coming days.

Your latest hometown and visiting town forecast can always be found at AccuWeather.com.

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