Christmas: Great Lakes Snow, Cold in Northeast

By Brian Lada, Meteorologist
December 25, 2013; 5:45 AM
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Christmas is shaping up to be a quiet day across much of the nation in terms of weather, but some areas will receive the gift of snow.

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Northern Plains and Upper Midwest

Although there is no big storm in the works for Wednesday, a weak disturbance will spread snow showers from the Dakotas to the Great Lakes.

Most areas will have nothing more than a coating on the roads, but more persistent snow could leave behind 1 to 2 inches in the Great Lakes region. However, a few spots may pick up as much as 3 inches.

Because there can be some slick spots and slower travel speeds, you might want to allow for extra travel time if you have plans to head over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house for Christmas dinner.

With the snow showers staying closer to the Great Lakes, it will make for a dry Christmas in Santa Claus, Ind.

Northeast and Ohio Valley

The warm and wet weather that was around for the official start to winter in the Northeast has been replaced by colder weather just in time for Christmas.

Snow showers will reach the eastern Great Lakes, including the Buffalo, N.Y., area, later on Christmas Day.

The remainder of the Northeast and Ohio Valley is forecast to have a dry but cold Christmas, including North Pole, N.Y.

Highs from Boston to New York City will only climb into the 20s, while Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., will be held in the 30s.

Southeast and Central and Southern Plains

The gift of dry weather may be welcome by many in the Southeast and southern Plains after a storm dumped several inches of rain across the regions this past weekend and early this week.

In addition to the dry weather on tap for Christmas Day, the Southeast and central and southern Plains will experience temperatures a couple of degrees below normal.

West

It's shaping up to be a dry Christmas across the western U.S. and many areas will have abundant sunshine.

Temperatures in most locations will be rather close to average for this time of year. However, an offshore flow will help temperatures rise well into the 70s and perhaps lower 80s in a few spots across Southern California.

This means that it will be a snow-free day for the residents of Snowflake, Ariz.

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