For a brief period this week, the National Weather Service was forecasting a chance of snow in Beauregard and Vernon Parishes on Christmas Day and the day after. But that prediction disappeared faster than a snow angel in a warming sun.
While it will be cold, according to the NWS, it will not be white here on Christmas. A high temperature of 49 under sunny skies is expected Christmas Day, with a low that morning and again that night of right around freezing.
Data show no snow being recorded on Dec. 25 in either parish since record-keeping began, though those who were around say there was a dusting of snow on Christmas Eve-Christmas morning 2004.
That is the same time period that saw more an inch of snow fall on Lake Charles from a system that skirted across South Texas and South Louisiana, even dumping a blanket of it on New Orleans. But the official record says none fell in Beauregard and Vernon.
A surprise snowfall earlier this month in the parishes was the sixth time measurable snow has fallen in December in these parts, the records show, including back-to-back years of 2008 and 2009. In 2008, more than 8” was measured in some area locales. The average annual snowfall in Beauregard and Vernon Parishes is .2 of an inch.
The freezing level lows expected this Christmas aren’t even close to being records for that date in these parts.
The Dec. 25 record low in DeRidder and Leesville is 8 degrees, recorded the same year, 1983. In DeRidder, the record Yule high is 81, posted in 1942, and in Leesville it is 80, reached in 1955.
Incidentally, the lowest temperature posted in DeRidder since record-keeping began was 0 degrees, in February, 1956. The record high is 109, reached in September 2000.
In Leesville the record annual low is 1 degree, posted in January, 1948 and the high is 109, in September 2000.
The probability of snow increases in the two parishes as the calendar flips into a new year. January and February are to snow season what August-September are to hurricane season.