Snowstorm on Christmas Eve blanketed region with average of 2 to 4 inches

A weak low pressure system moved eastward across the Lower Mississippi Valley on Christmas Eve, reaching the Southeast states during the overnight hours. At the same time, a rather strong upper level disturbance moved southeast across the central Plains. This combination of systems resulted in widespread snowfall. A period of heavy snow occurred during the evening of December 24, reducing visibility to one-half mile or less. Snowfall rates were around an inch per hour.

Photo taken at dusk on Christmas Eve near Paducah, KY as the snow was starting.

Snowfall map for Christmas Eve, 2010

 



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