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White Christmas

Published December 24. 2012 05:06PM

If Santa brings your kiddies new sleds, there's a slight possibility they will be able to play with them tomorrow.

There's a better chance they'll be able to have fun with them later in the week.

A "white Christmas" isn't being ruled out for tomorrow. It's also not being guaranteed.

A low pressure system is moving into the area early this evening that will begin as snow. By early morning maybe by 1 a.m. it will change over to a mixture of snow and freezing rain. The National Weather Service is cautioning that this could make for some "shaky travel."

Individuals attending church services tonight shouldn't have much trouble making it either to the church or home afterward. No significant accumulation is expected.

Those who stay out late might have their hands full, especially if traveling after midnight. That's when the more steadier precipitation will occur.

By the time church begins in the morning, the snow and freezing rain should be over.

If, by chance, the snow does stick, it will be the first white Christmas since 2002 when about a foot of snow fell on much of our area.

Before that, it was 1966 when more than a foot of snow was measured on Christmas Day. That year, over 14 inches of snow fell locally.

An after-Christmas storm looks more promising for outdoor fun. By midweek, the youngsters likely will get to enjoy the sleds.

The National Weather Service says a plowable snow could occur. The precipitation could begin around noon on Wednesday. By the time it ends on Thursday, it could change to either freezing rain or all rain.

Wednesday night's storm will be accompanied by heavy winds, possibly over 30 miles per hour.

Forecasters also are watching another system which could bring even more snow next weekend. It's too soon to tell how much precipitation that system will bring, or even if the path of the storm will bring it directly to our area.

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