If you were hoping for clear skies for smooth traveling this Christmas, you might be disappointed.
The Christmas holiday weekend is around the corner and like millions of other Americans, South Carolinians will soon take trips to see loved ones. But as you’re traveling to meet family and friends or to pick up last minute Christmas presents, what sort of weather will you face?
The Farmer’s Almanac has possible answers and not just for Christmas Day. The Farmer’s Almanac covers Dec. 24-27 — the holiday travel weekend.
Predictions for South Carolina
For its Christmas holiday weather predictions, the Farmer’s Almanac includes South Carolina with the rest of the Southeast: Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.
According to the Almanac, South Carolinians should bring raincoats or umbrellas. The forecast calls for plenty of rain showers during the entire holiday travel weekend. In fact, wet weather could persist through the end of the year, the Farmer’s Almanac states. Also, expect chilly temperatures.
The rest of the U.S.
(Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico)
- Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas are predicted to see rain over Christmas.
- Snow is in the Christmas holiday forecast for northern New Mexico.
- Louisiana temperatures will fall after rain hits on Dec. 20. Rain showers will return around Dec. 24.
Northeast and New England
(New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C.)
- The region is forecasted to have a rainy Christmas, followed by very cold temperatures.
- Snow will be over the Rockies and Plains from Dec. 24-27.
(Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana)
- The Rockies and Plains should have snowy weather for Christmas.
Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and Midwest
(Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin)
- Expect a slushy Christmas in these states with a mix of rain, sleet and snow.
- The week before Christmas, the Midwest and points east should see snow, then fair and very cold weather.
(Washington, Oregon, Idaho)
- This region is expected to see winter storms.
(California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona)
- There will be plenty of rain and storms across these states.
How the Farmers’ Almanac predicts the weather
Founded in 1818, the Farmers’ Almanac uses a secret formula that includes components such as “sunspot activity, tidal action, the position of the planet,” to predict long-range weather forecasts. The forecasts are typically made two years in advance. Fans of the Farmers’ Almanac have, over the years, calculated that the predictions are accurate 80-85% of the time.
This story was originally published December 16, 2022 8:00 AM.