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White Christmas? Not Really

By Terry Eliasen, Meteorologist, WBZ-TV Exec. Weather Producer
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BOSTON (CBS) – 0.0 inches.

That’s the amount of snow that Boston has had so far this November and December.

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If you take out the one inch the city received in the freak late October nor’easter, it has basically been a snowless season thus far and here we are with just a few days until Christmas.

Granted in any given year, Boston only has about a 20-percent chance of a White Christmas (defined at least 1 inch of snow on the ground on Christmas morning), but typically our northern and western suburbs have had several inches by this point.

Watch Todd Gutner’s forecast

Worcester, for instance, averages a White Christmas about 60-percent of the time.

So, is there any hope for a last minute snowfall to whiten the ground for Santa this year?

Not really.

The pattern is becoming much more active, but much like the last several weeks, temperatures will likely be just too warm for accumulating snowfall for now.

Storm #1

This comes on Wednesday and will surely be rain.  Temperatures will rise to near 50 in the afternoon, when the steadiest and heaviest rainfall will arrive.

Storm #2

This arrives Thursday night after midnight and exits quickly by mid-Friday morning.  The majority of this storm will be over the ocean to our south and east. We will be on the very northern fringe of this one, meaning just some light rain and snow showers around dawn on Friday. Not likely enough to cause any issues or accumulation.

Storm #3

Ahhh, now this one needs to be closely watched. Although it will not arrive in time for Christmas morning, the latest timetable for this one would be Christmas afternoon and evening. Weather models still disagree on the track of this storm, so many details still need to be ironed out. As of now it looks like mainly rain along the coast and the potential for some snow accumulation inland. How far inland is unknown at this time and dependant upon the final track. Regardless, this storm would be another fairly quick mover and would be out of here by Monday morning.

You can follow Terry on Twitter at @TerryWBZ.

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