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A white Christmas Eve? Snow, sleet a possibility

December 24, 2012

There could be snow and sleet this Christmas Eve as the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., has issued a winter weather advisory for Washington County and Western Maryland that will be in effect until midnight.

The forecast called for a chance of freezing rain Monday afternoon, the weather service said. Snow and sleet could accumulate up to an inch with “a trace” of ice accumulation.

The chance of precipitation is near 100 percent, the weather service said. Conditions are expected to be substantially the same for Allegany County, the weather service said.

The Maryland State Highway Administration issued a press release stating it is stocked with materials to treat roads and is prepared to send out trucks if icy road conditions develop. Motorists can get traveler information by calling 511 or by going to www.roads.maryland.gov and clicking on CHART.

A winter weather advisory is issued when there is a potential for 2 or more inches of snow, or snow in combination with sleet and freezing rain, the weather service website said. Advisories are issued when weather is expected to cause significant inconvenience, but not enough to warrant a warning, the website said.

Rain and freezing rain could continue into the evening and temperatures are expected to fall into the upper 20s, the weather service said.

The weather will improve for Christmas Day with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-40s, but there will be a chance of rain and snow showers after midnight, the weather service said.

— Don Aines

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