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No Guarantee of a White Christmas

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – After two snowstorms in three days, western Massachusetts is covered in a blanket of white.

Between 8 to 12 inches of snow covers the area and with Christmas only a week away, you would think that a white Christmas would be a guarantee.

However, not so fast, a big warm-up over the next several days may dash the hopes of those dreaming of a White Christmas.

Temperatures will reach into the upper 30’s tomorrow then into the 40’s both Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, the mercury could rise all the way into the 50’s.

Along with the milder temperatures will come some rain too. The cold air will not return until Christmas Eve.

So will there be any snow left? Probably yes.

Officially, it will most likely be a White Christmas (meaning 1″ of snow on the ground). However, it won’t exactly be picturesque.

The snow that remains will be dirty, icy and likely in some areas the grass will be showing.

This map shows the probability of a White Christmas in any given year.

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(Map Courtesy: NOAA)


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