It may be time to swap out the cowboy boots for snow boots on Christmas Day.
If you’re lucky enough to call the region below the Mason-Dixon line home, then you already know the odds of waking up to snow on December 25 are slim to none. Unlike those living up north or in the Midwest, it’s a rarity for Southerners to actually be treated to a heavy accumulation of flurries during winter.
Only a couple of weeks ago did we actually see snow blanketing the sycamore trees in southeast Texas, covering the red maples in Georgia, and topping the longleaf pines in Alabama and beyond. Many thought that was the last of Mother Nature’s wintery offering in the South—especially since the region is more commonly known for its humidity and mosquitoes than frozen precipitation and icicles.
However, based on early forecast predictions by The Weather Channel, Mother Nature is expected to provide the closest thing to a winter wonderland that you can expect in the South, and it may very well happen on the most magical day of the year: Christmas Day.
For residents in the Appalachian mountain region of Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and even a small section of North Carolina, you won’t have to just dream of a white Christmas. It could actually be your reality on December 25, even if only for a brief amount of time.
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If you’ve been hoping for a snowy winter scene this holiday season, you just may wake up on Christmas morning to wrapped presents under the tree and at least an inch of snow on the ground.