On the West Coast on Christmas Day, residents in the hilly suburbs of Seattle may also be scraping snow off their windshields. Through the day that snow will spread into the Cascade mountain range in Oregon and, perhaps, northern California.
The wintry weather on Christmas Day marks the beginning of a week that meteorologists predict will be wet, wild, and possibly white.
“The pattern is a stormy weather pattern for the week for a good chunk of the country,” says Tom Kines, a meteorologist at AccuWeather.com in State College, Pa.
People along the Gulf Coast from Houston to the panhandle of Florida need to be especially alert, he says. That area faces the potential for severe thunderstorms and, possibly, tornadoes. At the very least, residents there will get a lot of rain, as warm air from the Gulf of Mexico collides with the cold air to the north.