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Not much snow predicted for Christmas

Cold, mostly cloudy skies and a few flurries are in the forecast

December 23, 2010|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

For those traveling over the river and through the woods this weekend the good news is that the possibility of a traffic-snarling heavy snow in the Mid-Atlantic is becoming more remote.

For those dreaming of a white Christmas, the bad news is that the area will only see some flurries or a dusting of snow over the weekend.

"At this point all the models have it staying pretty far off the coast," National Weather Service Meteorologist Jason Krekeler said Thursday afternoon of a storm that has been developing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Cold, mostly cloudy skies and a few flurries are in the forecast for the Chambersburg, Pa., area on Christmas Day. High temperatures will be in the low 30s and winds will be light Saturday, said Krekeler, who is based in State College, Pa.

Sunday will be overcast with temperatures reaching into the upper 20s with a slight chance of snow, Krekeler said.

The worst of the winter weather will be to the southeast and later into New England as the storm skirts the coast, Krekeler said.

Monday will bring breezy cold conditions and partly sunny skies and a high only in the upper 20s, according to the weather service forecast.

AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Carl Erickson echoed that forecast for the region.

"The trend has been farther and farther south and east" for a front heading up the coast. It could mean some snow accumulation in the Carolinas, but only flurries or a dusting Saturday or Sunday in the Tri-State area. Temperatures will range from lows in the low 20s to daytime highs in the 30s, with winds picking up on Sunday and Monday.

"There's still a little uncertainty, but at this point the chance for heavy snow is becoming less of a possibility over time," said Brian LaSorsa, a weather service meteorologist in Sterling, Va.

Hagerstown might see light snow on Sunday into Sunday night, LaSorsa said. Christmas Day temperatures will hit the mid-30s and be slightly lower on Sunday.

Martinsburg, W.Va., should be looking at about the same forecast, he said.

"The farther south and east you go, the better chance you have of getting some accumulation," LaSorsa said.

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