Thursday is the first official day of the winter season, and Hoosiers dreaming of a white Christmas just might get their wish: meteorologists are predicting snowfall over the weekend.
Christmas day is expected to be cold but dry, according to the National Weather Service office in Indianapolis.
But, meteorologists say the expected snowfall late Friday or early Saturday just might stick around long enough for a Hoosier white Christmas.
“Right now amounts are not looking terribly significant, we’re talking small amounts of snow, no major big snows,” says NWS Meteorologist Jason Puma.
That precipitation will hit around the time people are likely to hit the roads to travel to family for the holiday, so Puma says drivers should be extra cautious.
The rest of the winter season is likely to be wetter than usual, but experts don’t know yet if that means rain or snow for Hoosiers.
“The La Nina pattern that is setting up right now can bring us variable temperatures, so we have equal chances for above, below or near-normal temperatures,” Puma says.
Year-to-year, the northern part of the state gets a white Christmas up to 70 percent of the time. It’s not as frequent in the southern half of the state, only happening about 25 percent of the time.