White Christmas potential: Winter weather advisory is set

Casey Dawson
December 27, 2017

It looks like central IL will have a white Christmas.

The "Great Christmas Eve Snow Storm" of 2004 blanketed southeast Texas ranging from one to 13 inches across the region. Almost 8 inches of snow was recorded at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport at Grand Island on Christmas Day-which broke the record of 3 inches of snow in 1941.

The cold will lean to the teens to low 20s by day, and near zero or lower at night. Steady snow continues across all of central MA, north to VT, NH, & ME. Beside some passing snow showers, skies will clear and temperatures will fall back below freezing.

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service say the lowest elevations of the Portland area could be hit with a glazing of freezing rain late Saturday or early Sunday morning - just enough to make Christmas Eve driving risky. The record-breaking storm resulted in the first white Christmas for some Texans, according to the National Weather Service.

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Eastward-moving low pressure will pass well to our south and east Sunday, but an associated upper-air disturbance will track farther north over our area triggering the accumulating snow across the Chicago area.

CBS 21 Meteorologist Chris Nallan is calling for a 1-inch coating by sunrise Christmas morning.

In any given year, there is a 40-50% chance of at least an inch of snow on the ground for Christmas morning. Wind speeds will also be higher as the snow arrives. If you are within the counties in the wind advisory it's best to stay off the roads as much as possible while snow is falling. NWS is putting the chance of overnight snow at 70 percent from Chambersburg to Lebanon. Gusts up to 50 miles per hour from the west across all of MA (under a wind advisory 1 p.m. -7 p.m. Monday).

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