Dec 23, 2011 at 10:46 am
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - Give up those last fleeting hopes of a St. Cloud white Christmas.
Sunday may not only feature the first snow-free Christmas in St. Cloud in five years, it may also end up being one of the warmest Christmases on record, according to St. Cloud State meteorologist Bob Weisman.
Weisman said while the chance exists for some minor snow flurries late Saturday, a forecasted high between 40 and 45 degrees for St. Cloud Christmas Day could challenge some all-time local records for the usually snow-covered holiday.
"We've had a couple of fairly mild (Christmases) in recent years -- 44 degrees in 1999, 41 degrees in 1997 -- and we could beat one or two of those," Weisman said.
The record for the warmest Christmas in St. Cloud history was a high of 47 degrees registered all the way back in the 1920s, Weisman said.
And don't start making plans for a snowy New Year's Day, either. Weisman said the current weather pattern seems poised to remain in place deep into the next work week.
"Forties is going to be the dominate temperature from Sunday into the middle of next week," Weisman said.