Holiday Snow Storms in Southwest

Parts of the U.S. prepare for a White Christmas.
1:42 | 12/19/11

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It is getting took a lot like Christmas in some surprising places tonight parts of the southwest are getting hammered by a blizzard. But the ground is brown and -- say things should be knee deep in snow by now. In c.'s claims -- -- has more on the science behind this topsy turvy weather and that crucial forecast where will this year's Christmas be white. The storm is blasting across the southwest today. In New Mexico schools and a major interstate closed stranding motorists. Lot of whiteout conditions in -- -- -- yeah. -- -- good even the Los Alamos National Laboratory was forced to shut more than 200 flights canceled at the beginning of a busy travel week. The weather is now moving east bringing cold rains and snow expected to snarl traffic. The storm is now bringing snow to eight states including here in Colorado but around the country it's what's not happening that's getting so much attention. Last year America got hammered with snow this year things are very different. At Christmas roughly -- Half the country was covered. Today only about a quarter reais ski resorts in New England have been forced to close but lack of snow along with severe drought in some parts of the southwest can be partially blamed on La Nina. Cooler ocean temperatures it shipped weather patterns. So what are your chances for a white Christmas. National Weather Service defines it as any place with -- at least an inch of snow on the ground and for much of the nation seeing -- -- it's not looking good. Systems can change in -- could return but not a week meaning this year much of America will just have to dream that white Christmas. Clayton -- LA BC news Denver.

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