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Dry Christmas in Store for Much of US

Christmas is shaping up to be a quiet day across much of the nation in terms of weather, but some areas will receive the gift of snow.

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Northern Plains and Upper Midwest

Although there is no big storm in the works for Wednesday, a weak disturbance will spread snow showers across the Great Lakes and back into the Dakotas.

This snow should have minimal impacts on folks planning to travel on Christmas Day, although these snow showers can leave a coating of snow on some roadways.

You might want to allow for a few extra minutes just to be safe if you have plans to head over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house for Christmas dinner.

Most locations will have accumulations of a coating to an inch, but some areas in Michigan could manage to pick up an inch or two of the white stuff.

The snow showers are expected to stay closer to the Great Lakes, making for a dry Christmas in Santa Claus, Ind.

Northeast and Ohio Valley

The warm and wet weather that was around for the official start to winter in the Northeast has been replaced by colder weather just in time for Christmas.

Snow showers will spread from western New York to central Ohio and to the New Jersey coast on Christmas Eve, coming to an end before Christmas morning.

Despite a dry forecast for Christmas Day, Tuesday's snow showers will leave a coating to an inch of snow in many areas downwind of Lake Eire with some spots in northwestern Pennsylvania picking up a couple of inches of snow.

The remainder of the Northeast and Ohio Valley is forecast to have a dry Christmas, including North Pole, N.Y.

Southeast and Central and Southern Plains

The gift of dry weather may be welcome by many in the Southeast and southern Plains after a storm dumped several inches of rain across the regions this past weekend and early this week.

In addition to the dry weather on tap for Christmas Day, the Southeast and central and southern Plains will experience temperatures a couple of degrees below normal.


It's shaping up to be a mild and sunny Christmas for folks across much of Arizona, California and Nevada, but the same cannot be said about the rest of the West.

Although abundant sunshine and warm weather will not be seen across the entirety of the region, it will be a dry day from the Rockies all the way to the West Coast.

This means that it will be a snow-free day for the residents of Snowflake, Ariz.