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No snow in Christmas forecast

December 21, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - A white Christmas remains only a dream for those in the Hagerstown area this year. Snow isn't expected until after party-goers have rung in the new year.

Winter officially arrives today at 7:22 p.m., but temperatures will remain warmer than usual through the Christmas holiday, said Ray Martin, a meteorologist for AccuWeather.

"It's a sure bet we will not have a white Christmas in Hagerstown this year," Martin said.

A high of 48 degrees and a low of 36 degrees is expected on Christmas Day in Hagerstown.

The average high is 40 degrees and the average low is 24 degrees for Christmas Day in Hagers- town, Martin said.

In the late afternoon and evening, there is a chance for rain, but it won't be cold enough for snow, Martin said. Most of the day should be dry, he said.

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Christmas Eve should be dry and partly cloudy with above-average temperatures, according to Martin.

He expects it to "rain pretty good Friday into Saturday," Martin said. Temperatures will remain mild for the next week or two, he said.

Two weather-related records were set this month in Hagers- town, according to the Web site www.i4weather.net.

On Dec. 1, a record high of 72 degrees broke a record of 68 degrees set in 1929.

On Monday, a record high of 66 degrees was set. The former record of 64 degrees was set in 1984.

Last year, the high on Christmas Day was 35 degrees and the low was 24 degrees, according to the Web site.

Last December, the area saw 7.5 inches of snow.

The snowiest winter on record in Hagerstown was in 1960-61, when 74 inches fell between December and April, according to the Web site.

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