Its beginning to look a lot like Iowa might have a white Christmas this year after all. Forecasts from the National Weather Service office in Des Moines show a chance of rain starting Sunday night into Monday, before temperatures drop and snow begins Monday night. More rain and snow is expected on Tuesday (retrieved 11:00AM on 12/19/14). Statistics from NOAA show that Ottumwa stands about a 25-45% chance of seeing a white Christmas any given year, while parts of northern Iowa have a 60-75% chance.
Ray Miller with the KBIZ Weather Eye team says that Ottumwa has a slight chance of snow between now and Christmas. Forecasts show us picking up anywhere from 1/2 Inch and 2 inches between now and Thursday. The storm system expected to impact Iowa this weekend into next week will likely drop more snow over central and northern Iowa than in our region.
But what makes a white Christmas? Ray says that the official definition of a white Christmas is at least one inch of snow on the ground at any point during the day on December 25th.
Continue to check our KBIZ weather forecast regularly for more updates on whether we will have a white Christmas or not.