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Arctic Cold Blast to Increase Chances of White Christmas?

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Rowan Sherwood, left, holds a Christmas tree that she and her boyfriend carried down the street to her apartment in Montpelier on Tuesday morning, during the state's first big widespread snowfall of the season. Heavy snow was falling in parts of Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire. (Lisa Rathke/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 12 Dec 2017 12:05 PM

An Arctic cold blast may increase the chances of a white Christmas this year in the Midwest and Northeast.

AccuWeather's lead long-range meteorologist Paul Pastelok noted that, while the forecast does not look as cold, an unsettled weather pattern leading up to the days of Christmas may bring snow to parts of the Midwest and Northeast regions of the U.S.

Pastelok said one storm tracking across the Northeast could produce snow in the Western Ohio Valley and Great Lakes and, with one or two storms arriving in the days before Christmas, they could allow for an icy mix over the central Appalachians.

On the heels of these storms is another that may hit the Northeast from the Gulf of Mexico within days prior to Christmas.

"Without any fresh cold, both systems prior to Christmas may only produce snow on their front end in the mid-Atlantic," Pastelok said. "However, the track of the storms should cause any snow to change over to rain."

He noted that "the prospect of a white Christmas is low in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C," but parts of the southern Plains and regions farther to the north could get lucky and see some snowfall.

For those who are expecting a white Christmas, the bad news is that travel may be affected on all fronts.

According to AccuWeather, the storms may disrupt road and air travel, not only affecting those hoping to head out to holiday destinations, but it could also affect shipments of last-minute presents.

Meanwhile, WPMT-TV in central Pennsylvania reported that a chilly Wednesday is expected as an arctic blast brings about frigid temperatures reaching the 20s, with wind chill values in the teens.

Another quick-moving wave is expected to arrive overnight on Wednesday and could bring about snow showers or light snow fall through to Friday.

Milder temperatures are expected by the weekend, WPMT-TV said, but another cold pressure system will approach by Sunday.

Meteorologist Travis Herzog with KTRK-TV in Houston said a cold snap this week is expected to be followed by moderate temperatures for much of the week before Christmas.

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