Christmas forecast looking quite interesting, let's take a peek

Alicia Guzman
December 20, 2017

Numerous days leading up to the holiday will be unseasonably warm, with cold air pushing our way by Christmas.

As we have talked about for the last two weeks, our confidence is high that our weather pattern is turning more active with storm potential near Christmas. It brings a secondary, even colder, blast of Arctic air in by Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Temperatures will take a plunge into the teens and single digits through the day Saturday with wind chills again likely below zero.

"While most of the rain missed us today, we see a lot of it coming this week: "as much as 3" to 5" (and in a few spots even more than that) through Friday.

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The weather service says some models continue to hold cold air over the Midwest, keeping temperatures in the Lehigh Valley in the mid to low 40s on Christmas.

Here is a list of area cities, the number of years records have been kept, and the chances they've experienced either 1 inch or 5 inches of snow on December 25.

"We've been laying bets on a White Christmas from as early as September, however, the gamble has intensified in recent weeks so the bookmakers will be praying temperatures start to increase as we approach the big day". Of course, winter came early this year with three rounds of accumulating snow in the past ten days and plenty of cold to accompany it.

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Friday looks cold, especially it the morning, but dry.

Consequently the snow line will rise to over 1,000m, with heavy rain forecast below that level in many places on Friday night.

Coral Spokesman John Hill said: "The betting suggests there will be a White Christmas somewhere in the United Kingdom this year, with the major Scottish cities the most likely to see snowfall on Christmas Day". Rain should end as snow in the higher elevations from West Virginia to Maine. It now shows cold air approaching the area and locking into the region. Stay updated with the latest forecast here.

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Although the name has been selected, the Met Office will not yet put "Storm Dylan" into use until "medium weather impact" from rain, wind or snow is forecast.

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