Christmas Snow… and Rain… and Wind

A white Christmas and colder weather likely lie ahead

The last time we had an official white Christmas was in 2008.

Before the cold returns, we'll have our Christmas Eve disturbance to deal with.

Showers will begin to taper off later tonight, though with temperatures dropping below freezing there is the potential for a refreeze overnight.

Winds will increase late in the afternoon, causing blowing and drifting snow.

The area of low pressure deepens over the Gulf of ME as it heads northeast, bringing a very strong southwest, then west wind behind it. The low could be around 18 degrees.

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The Jersey Shore is expected to receive rain, but a dusting of snow is possible, according to the weather service's Mount Holly Station.

So the chances of a white Christmas - defined as an inch or more of snow on the ground, even if it's from previous storms - this year aren't high. The snowiest Christmas Day on record was in 2007, when we saw 7.8 inches, but only six Christmas Days out of the last thirty have seen any snow. By 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, 2.6 inches of snowfall had accumulated in Peotone in Will County, an area that was expected to get up to 6 inches of snow.

This is the time to review winter weather driving tips and have family plans. It's also likely for elevated portions of Warren, Sussex, and Passaic Counties that snow never turns to rain at any point over night. Rainfall amounts between 1/2 and 1 inch.

The road would be rebuilt the next spring for higher speeds and better access to Route 22.

There may be a mixture of rain, sleet and snow along the I-95 corridor. The details are still sketchy, but with cold air in place, there would be an opportunity for some snow depending on the ultimate track and evolution of this system. "The wind will be blowing though ... at 20 to 30 miles per hour".

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