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20 December 2017, 01:14 | Francis Delgado
No white Christmas this year
The metro area can expect rain much of Thursday, the official first day of winter, with falling afternoon temperatures changing the rain to snow during by the evening.
Tuesday will be mostly sunny, with a high temperature in the mid-40s, the weather service said. This system will come with snow, strong winds and VERY cold air, making any drives through the mountains slow and risky.
BUT... We've now gone a week without any snow reinforcements, and in fact, we have even had a few light rain events.
The last time it snowed on Christmas in New York City was in 2009.
Christmas Day may find Virginia stuck somewhere in the middle of those two air masses, and the holiday forecast is also stuck with some uncertainty for now. Below is what the model shows for temperatures in the afternoon on Christmas eve. So, there is still a chance of a white Christmas for those hoping.
Stronger winds are then due to move south, hitting the United Kingdom from Boxing Day to New Year's Day with two further low pressure zones on their way.
Friday looks cold, especially it the morning, but dry. Friday night's low will drop to around 15. Granted these areas have a lot more snow on the ground than Boston, but still, this will be a significant blow to the existing snow-pack in the entire region.
Snow may break out in parts of the Tennessee Valley and Ohio Valley, but the details are vague for now.
The hazards map from the Climate Prediction Center has heavy rain on Friday and Heavy precipitation which could be snow, ice or rain just east of Louisville for Sunday and Monday. Areas west of the mountains should be turning dry, but bitter cold air will be blowing in. For Virginia, that means highs in the 30s and lows in the teens.
There is rain or a chance of rain in the forecast all weekend, with rain likely on Christmas as well, it said.
Since it is Christmas and the forecast is approaching the 7-8 day mark, I'll go through what COULD happen, based off of what the latest major models are showing.
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