This year's white Christmas outlook across the U.S. can be described as topsy-turvy.
A white Christmas is possible for portions of the Texas Panhandle but unlikely for portions of the northern Plains, where there is typically a very high chance for a white Christmas.
In fact, the chance for a white Christmas is more than 75 percent based on history, while the chance for a white Christmas in the Texas Panhandle ranges from less than 25 percent to 25 to 50 percent.
"The storm track has been pushed down into the Southwestern states, allowing cold air to come down farther south in the Rockies (this year). This has set the stage for snow events in the Texas Panhandle," according to Expert Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson.
The most recent snowstorm for the Texas Panhandle was a blizzard that struck earlier this week. The blizzard dumped a record snowfall of 7 inches in Dalhart, Texas.
The storm fizzled out and ran into much milder air as it reached heavily populated areas of the Midwest such as Chicago and Detroit.
"The northern Plains and the southern Prairies (of Canada) have generally been in a dry pattern. Storms have been missing these areas with not much precipitation falling at all," said Anderson.
The lack of stormy weather for the northern Plains is due to the "displaced storm track" to the south.
Anderson continued, "It has been mild in the Northeast with a lack of blocking. A blocking pattern would allow cold air to come into the region ahead of storms."
The ground is not frozen in the Northeast, and that is another issue that will impact whether there is a white Christmas in the region.
"Any snow that falls in the Northeast is melting more quickly because the ground is much warmer than it typically is."
The lack of sustained cold is also preventing typical heavy snow around the Great Lakes this time of the year.
A change in the weather pattern will bring an extended period of dry and sunny conditions over much of the south-central United States.
SpaceX is preparing to launch another rocket into space, and as they do so, they will be monitoring the weather carefully to make sure that it does not interfere.
Residents of the southeastern United States may feel like the calendar has flipped ahead to Memorial Day with warm and muggy weather in place for the start of May.
May is picking up where April left off with record-challenging warmth surging back into the northwestern United States.
Dry days will be hard to come by in the northeastern United States for the first week of May as storm systems bring frequent rain to the region.
Torrential rain triggered flooding across southern Louisiana over the weekend, submerging streets and closing major highways.
Eastern U.S. (1812)
May snowstorm swept from Philadelphia northeastward to Maine. Snow covered ground in New York City; 12" accumulated near Keene, New Hampshire, 9" fell at Waltham, Mass., near Boston.
Severe snowstorm: 33.8" in Havre (24.8 inches of which fell in 24 hours).
New Orleans, LA (1978)
Persistent thunderstorms caused worst flooding in 30 years at New Orleans; lightning ignited an oil storage tank at Covent, LA.