i return on 12/26, the busiest travel day of the year, which will likely be hell. but i'm not worried about that: i'm more concerned about chances of snow during my departure. right now weather reports singal a chance of snow that day: from 40% to 70% to 80% depending on the source.
i've been stuck on a plane during de-icing before, & it's a long tedious process. so i'm hoping that if it snows that day, it will either stop for awhile before i depart or just not start until after i've gone. otherwise there's a chance i'll miss my connection and be stuck in the airport in charlotte, NC, of all places until i get a new flight.
it's still too early for meteorologists to even pretend they know what will happen with any accuracy. so far this indystar article has the most detail:
The official arrival of winter is 7:42 a.m. Tuesday.
There's a big clash coming, with cold air from the north meeting warm air from the south, said weather service forecaster Chad Omitt. That could lead to a major midweek storm, but forecasters don't know exactly where the storm will hit. It might pass over Tennessee or West Virginia, or it could hit Indiana with a few inches of snow Wednesday -- right at the height of the holiday travel season.
that "by wednesday night" is promising: i'm scheduled to depart at 3:45pm. and the last paragraph i quoted is even more promising: it might not snow at all. but really, this is the most telling sentence in the article:
of course, the article is at odds with the star's own weather forecast:
if i ever even get out of indiana & away from the storm that might not be, i'll be home free. weather in charlotte looks fine, as does weather everywhere on 12/26. & san francisco promises to have highs in the 60s & lows in the mid-40s all week.