Christmas Eve weather… more variety than you think

On the surface, Christmas Eve weather in eastern North Carolina may seem straightforward. We see an average high in the 50’s and average lows in the 30’s. But the seasonal averages don’t tell the whole story. Christmas Eve offers some of the most varied weather of any date.

On Christmas Eve of 1990, Williamston hit a daytime high of 78 degrees. Just one year before, the high was only 19. Oh, you remember that year… On Christmas Eve of 1989, Greenville picked up 5 inches of snow, and some of our southern counties saw nearly 17 inches.

         

But heavy rain can sometimes be a problem on Christmas Eve. In 1986, Cape Hatteras picked up nearly 2 inches of rain. And occasionally, severe weather pays us a visit. Just a few years ago, on Christmas Eve of 2014, a confirmed tornado touched down south of the WNCT viewing area near the community of Castle Hayne (north of Wilmington).

While the climatology odds may favor quiet weather on Christmas Eve, there are quite a few exceptions to the rule.

 Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson

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