White Christmas Moved to Dec. 26

By Carissa DiMargo
|  Thursday, Dec 23, 2010  |  Updated 12:13 PM EDT
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White Christmas Moved to Dec. 26

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Chances of snow this Christmas Day have evaporated, as the expected snow's start time is heading closer to Sunday, the dreaded Dec. 26.

The region's most recent White Christmas was in 2002.

However, chances are indeed increasing that we'll see the white stuff on Sunday, with light snow beginning after sunset Saturday. We have a 50 to 60 percent chance of accumulating snow, said NBC Washington meteorologist Tom Kierein -- meaning more than just a dusting.

Several inches could accumulate by the end of the weekend, so be careful and willing to adjust your plans if you're returning to the area Sunday or Monday. We'll also get plenty of strong, cold winds.

Snow, if we get it, could continue into late Sunday evening, making the Monday morning commute a tough one. And the snow could be visiting more than just us, with predictions for flakes going all the way up to Maine, hitting cities such as Philadelphia, New York or Boston.

In the meantime, it should be mostly sunny, windy and cold Thursday with highs in the mid- to upper 30s. Wind gusts could reach 45 mph, so hold onto your hat.

Christmas Eve day will be blustery and cold with highs in the mid-30s. Winds will remain in the 15-30 mph range.

Whether we get the snow or not over the weekend, we do know for certain it's going to be cold. The high for Saturday will be about 34, and Sunday it'll hit about 33. Stay warm!


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