Bitter cold expected until New Year in parts of US


The forecast is considerably more white for the Columbia River Gorge.

A half-foot or more was recorded in parts of western Nebraska and more than 4 inches covered parts of Missouri and MI. According to AAA, more than 107 million Americans will be away from home between Saturday and New Year's Day. It does happen about once every eight years, based on statistics from the weather service.

One to 3 inches of snow is predicted to fall in Rochester on Wednesday.

Monday was the first white Christmas for the Sussex County area in five years.

The huge snowfall total is a outcome of lake-effect snow, a weather phenomenon in which cold air combines with lake water to create narrow bands of powerful snow.

Wet weather is more common, we have seen 38 wet Christmas Days with the most Daily Precipitation falling in 1983 with 4.24 inches.

Officially, according to the National Weather Service in Cleveland, Toledo got 3.4 inches on Sunday and just a trace amount on Christmas Day.

Here are the other times central Arkansas had a white Christmas.

With the Christmas storm, Erie's snowfall so far this month is 92 inches - about 8 inches short of its annual average total.

Christmas Eve: Rain, mainly before 10 p.m.

Temperatures in the mid 40's going into Christmas Day. Also, buses 6, 19 and 32 are on snow routes for the duration of the day. In 2004 Memphis saw a snow depth of 2 inches, meaning the snow fell on Christmas Eve. The day will be mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near 15 and wind chill values as low as minus 10, and light and variable wind becoming west 10 to 15 miles per hour in the morning.

Westbound Interstate 696 was closed for more than two hours Monday afternoon from Dequindre to I-75 after three crashes in the area, Michigan State Police said.

The AccuWeather forecast is for 1 to 2 inches of snow late tonight into early Monday with the temperature dipping below freezing before dawn Monday. "It is going to give enough for a coating on the ground, and it will make travel a little bit risky". Northeast of Rochester, communities in southern Lewis County are seeing higher snow totals - with 22.3 inches on the ground near Constableville and 21.7 inches on the ground in Port Leydon.