A freakish December heat wave has shattered more than 1,000 high temperature records in the central and eastern U.S. so far this month, and after a brief weekend cool-down, the warmth will likely return in time for Christmas.
"Another big surge of warmth is in store for the week of Christmas in the eastern U.S.," AccuWeather meteorologist Paul Pastelok said. "A number of locations in the East could be looking at highs well into the 60s to near 70 on Christmas Day."
This does not bode well for folks in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic dreaming of a white Christmas, nor for ski areas that depend on both natural and man-made snow for their business.
As of Monday, only 3% of the Northeast was snow-covered, compared with 81% on this date last year, according to the National Weather Service. Of the dozens of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic ski areas listed on the Ski Central website, only a handful are open, mainly in far northern New England.
Buffalo remained snowless on Monday, marking the longest the city has gone in a snow season without receiving its first measurable snow, weather.com reported.