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Snow on Christmas Not Likely in Many Places This Year, Forecasters Say

Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 07:24 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Snow on Christmas Day isn't likely to be a reality for most of the country this year, according to AccuWeather.

Meteorologically speaking, there must be at least 1 inch of snow on the ground for it to be officially considered a white Christmas, NorthJersey.com reported.

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Accuweather.com shows residents living in parts of northern New England, the Upper Midwest, Rocky Mountains, and Intermountain West have the best chances of waking up to a white Christmas this year, considering that between 1981 to 2010, those regions have a greater than 75 percent chance to have snow on Dec. 25.

"The farther north you go in the country, the earlier winter sets in," AccuWeather's Expert Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews told NorthJersey.com. "By Christmas, it's already cold enough that the odds favor precipitation coming in the form of snow."

Among the cities which most likely will have snow this year are Minneapolis, Minn., Green Bay, Wis., Buffalo, N.Y., Burlington, Vt., and Denver, Colo., AccuWeather.com reported.

"Denver is susceptible to Pacific storms, especially if the storm goes by to the south of them, then they get clobbered," AccuWeather.com's Expert Senior Meteorologist Bob Smerbeck told NorthJersey.com.

In comparison, Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, D.C., as well as other cities along the Atlantic Ocean coastline have a less than 25 percent chance of seeing a white Christmas.

San Francisco, Los Angeles, and other cities across California as well as in central and southern Florida have a less than 10 percent chance of seeing snow Christmas morning.

In the meantime, however, large swaths of the Northeast and Midwest will be hit by a heavy snowstorm this weekend, which is expected to be felt across a 1,000-mile area and affect millions of people, AccuWeather.com reported.

Six to 10 inches are expected to hit New York State's southeastern region as well as parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The surrounding area will be hit by between 3 and 6 inches of snow.

Parts of Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware will see a mixture of snow and rain on Saturday due to the same storm front.

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