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    Northeast Christmas Snowstorm? Humbug!

    By By Alex Sosnowski, expert senior meteorologist.
    December 27, 2011, 3:19:39 AM EST

    The storm that had a chance at bringing snow to the Northeast over Christmas weekend will escape out to sea playing the part of the Charles Dickens' character Ebenezer Scrooge.

    Competition between a storm dropping southward from Canada and advancing cold air will fling the "Ebenezer Storm" off the Atlantic coast long before it evolves into a major snowstorm.

    Millions will be waking up Christmas morning, looking out the window and quoting a brief line said by the animated explorer character Yukon Cornelius, "Nothin'!"

    The advancing cold air and the northern storm will work hard to produce some lake-effect snow and perhaps some more distant snow showers. However, relying on this type of a pattern to put snow down in your backyard is risky unless you live in the Erie and Ontario snow belts.

    We still have some snow falling this morning across upstate New York and northern New England.

    With temperatures chilling down, there's a decent chance that some of that snow will lay around until Christmas morning. However, for the I-95, mid-Atlantic and southeastern New England: no snowballs.

    The storm AccuWeather.com meteorologists have been tracking since over the northern Pacific Ocean days ago has slammed the Rockies with heavy, wind-whipped snow at midweek.

    The storm hasn't exactly been Father Christmas for the Southwest. It is the second storm in less than a week resulting in major travel and shipping disruptions for roughly the same part of the nation.

    However, according to Expert Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno, "El Paso, Texas will have their first white Christmas since 1987."

    While the storm will dive southward to gather Gulf of Mexico moisture at the end of the week, it will fail to cut far enough to the north along the Atlantic coast to bring a large area of heavy snow on Christmas Day. At least Ebenezer will give the gift of rain for a large part of Texas Saturday.

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