By Barry Burbank

BOSTON (CBS) – We get a break Sunday with a mix of clouds and sunshine with highs in the upper 30s. The next storm arrives in the early morning hours of Christmas Day.

2017 snowfall poly6 Icy Mess Slowly Improving While Significant Christmas Day Snow Looms

(WBZ-TV Graphic)

Intensification of the new coastal storm will be commencing as it passes near the outer Cape Christmas morning. It is a very progressive system so it will only last 6-9 hours and clearing will take place by midday with sunshine for the afternoon.

Coastal flooding will not be an issue but the offshore wind will become gusty during the afternoon. The precise storm track is not etched in stone but it appears that areas near and farther northwest of the I-95 corridor will have fresh snow and a white Christmas.

Unless the track shifts more to the east, southeastern MA will not likely have a white Christmas.

One thing is quite clear. It will be colder to much colder than the previous three Christmas Days when it was 59 in 2014, 62 in 2015 and 45 in 2016. We will all remember the record-breaking 69 on Christmas Eve Day 2015!

We will always keep you updated right here on CBSBoston.com and, of course, WBZ-TV. Stay safe and enjoy the Christmas weekend.

Follow Barry on Twitter @BarryWBZ.

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