Some snow makes for a white Christmas

Frederick Owens
December 27, 2017

There are two weather events between now and Christmas which will each affect the area with wintry weather.

Christmas Eve Day will start off dry with a blend of sunshine and clouds. For northern New Jersey, expect a more gradual transition from snow to rain showers later in the evening. As much as 4 inches of snow will fall between 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday, according to the weather service. All rain southeast, South Shore, Cape Cod, islands, south coast. Snow will be widespread, with a general 3"-6" of accumulation with the heaviest accumulations to the north of the Mohawk Valley.

Look for periods of freezing rain through the afternoon.

The center of low pressure passes right over southeastern MA towards the Gulf of ME by late morning.

Ice will accumulate through the afternoon over inland areas.

Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. Wind chills stay in the upper teens and very low 20s. A few disturbances moving through late week could bring some more snow to the area.

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"A lot of this stuff will break up as it moves over the mountains, so even where any snow does manage to reach the ground, odds are not high it will stick". The storm looks to end around noon.

The National Weather Service at Lincoln said parts of Central Illinois, including McLean County, could receive three to five inches of snow on Christmas Eve. But at least this year won't see a "green Christmas" like last year's.

Saturday: Freezing rain slowly changing to all rain by late in the day.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and seasonable. A disturbance headed to IN will bring widespread snow showers starting early tomorrow morning into the evening hours.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny, brisk and cold.

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