Holiday News 2020: A White Christmas

Wilnica Destine

Every year family and friends come together to celebrate the holidays. This year, Christmas is going to be different without all of the activities we once did. But when was the last time we had an actual white Christmas in West Orange? As Christmas approaches, everyone is left guessing the weather, unsure of if the snow will already be there, or will come Christmas morning. So, will a little snow warm our hearts this year, or will this be another year without snow? 

According to The National Weather Service and the Farmers Almanac, there hasn’t been a white Christmas in 11 years, with the last one being in 2009. Residents in areas other than West Orange may have had the joy of experiencing a white Christmas more than other areas.

Though everyone is staying in their homes for the holiday, that does not stop many West Orange residents from bringing their Christmas spirits outside their homes. Many begin to decorate their houses inside and out and blast their favorite Christmas songs. Stores are even selling out on Christmas items.

Many hope for snow this year, but no one knows just yet. 

But sadly, the National Weather Service and Farmers Almanac predict this will be another year without a white Christmas for NJ. They say that there will be rain on Thursday, Christmas Eve, and Friday, Christmas day.

But, that doesn’t exactly mean there won’t be snow. New Jersey has a high probability of snow that will occur because it is steadily getting colder, with snow here and there.

If you look at the weather, it will snow again on Sunday, December 20, and Friday, December 25. On Sunday, the snow will start around 11 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. The forecast on Friday is rain from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and snow from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. So even though it may not snow or will already be snowing on Christmas morning, the snow may come in the late afternoon if it does not melt.

In early December, many weather forecasters believed that New Jersey would indeed have a white Christmas this year, with it either already snowing or snow coming in at some point during the day. 

The National Weather Service and the Farmers Almanac predict Christmas day to be partly sunny, with a chance of rain. Temperatures will be in the 40s. 

Christmas Eve, however, has a chance of being cloudy with rain, maybe clear, with temperatures also in the 40s.

Even though it may snow (possibly a lot), it will likely be before and after Christmas, skipping the holiday. However, there is still a chance that the snow that will already fall on the ground will stay until Christmas.

With the inability to not see our loved ones, people are wishing for more this Christmas. During this holiday season snow is the thing the people of West Orange begin to wish for but more importantly, a White Christmas.

Many things have happened in the year 2020 that will stay in our memories. Wouldn’t a White Christmas, no matter what kind, be an amazing end that leads us to 2021?