Snow arrives in Kitsap County for Christmas

Drivers are asked by RCMP to stay off the deteriorating roads as a result of the snowstorm

Drivers are asked by RCMP to stay off the deteriorating roads as a result of the snowstorm.- Desiree Anstey

The National Weather Service forecasts a white Christmas.

A winter weather advisory was in effect from 6 a.m.to 6 p.m. Sunday for Cook, DuPage and Kane counties, while winter storm warnings were declared for Lake and other northern in counties - also from 6 a.m.to 6 p.m.

For Christmas to be officially recorded as "white" in Omaha, an inch of snow will still have to be on the ground at Eppley Airfield at 6 a.m. Monday, DeWald said.

The storm has left the region, though a few lake effect snow flurries are possible during Christmas Day, she said. Wind gusts in the 40 to 50 miles per hour range through a good portion of the day on Monday will result in blowing and drifting snow, the National Weather Service said in a forecast discussion. Winds gusting as high as 50 miles per hour will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow.

"Between 10 or 11 (a.m.), winds should pick up and last through the afternoon into the evening", Speciale said.

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According to the National Weather Service, many roads and surfaces are covered with snow, creating hazardous road conditions in some areas. Winter weather advisories have been issued for our area until 1 AM. South wind around 7 miles per hour will become northeast after midnight.

In 2016, Shimla experienced snowfall on Christmas, nearly after a gap of nearly 24 years. The notion of white Christmas was becoming a rarity, as it was in 1991 and 2016 that Shimla experienced snow on Christmas, he added. "It's nice to see but it does present hazard".

The last time there was a picture postcard Christmas with snow was in 2010 but today will see grey skies.

Highs Christmas Day will be in the 20s while temperatures on Tuesday will only recover to the low- to mid-teens. A west northwest wind of 8 to 13 miles per hour may gust as high as 23 miles per hour.

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