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Snow and frigid temperatures expected leading up to Christmas

Snow and frigid temperatures expected leading up to Christmas

Temperatures may come close to 50 degrees between now and then, but a batch of much cooler air is expected to return to the area this weekend and for Christmas.

Above-normal temperatures are very likely for the Eastern Seaboard on Saturday, and some of that warmth could last into Christmas Eve, but it will be replaced by frigid weather for the middle of next week as a strong area of high pressure builds in from the Plains.

This could be Baltimore's coldest Christmas since 2013. Temperatures reached 61 degrees on the holiday in 2014, but did not rise above freezing in 2013, with a high of 32 degrees. More in a moment, but first, pleasant weather will be on tap for this afternoon with sunshine, light northwest winds, and highs around 60.

Elliott said there's a good chance of rain on Saturday, Dec. 23, and a slight rain threat on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, although he believes that might turn out to be a dry day.

With the Christmas holiday and all the traveling that goes along with it almost here, we thought we would break down what we see coming in the forecast that could get in the way of flight and drive times. Below is what the model shows for temperatures in the afternoon on Christmas eve.

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Latest models suggest December 25 could be rather chilly and showery in addition to the growing chances of snow.

A white Christmas has always been a novelty to have snow falling the morning after Santa makes his annual trip around the world delivering presents. Uncertainty is still high, so we can still easily be sitting around in short sleeves and shorts on Christmas Day.

Much colder air will move in to the region over the weekend and straight through Christmas Day.

These are preliminary numbers - our weather team will continue to update estimated totals as they get new data throughout the week. The more likely scenario would be for another rain event or perhaps a widespread ice storm. Areas west of the mountains should be turning dry, but bitter cold air will be blowing in.


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