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No White Christmas: Highs in 40s, 50s Expected

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All is calm. All is bright, this Christmas week.

We're expecting a sunny, mild Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Highs on Tuesday and Wednesday will be in the high 40s and low 50s.

Christmas Eve will hit a high of 50 degrees. If you're heading to evening services, expect temperatures in the 30s at night.

Christmas Day will be sunny with a high of 52 degrees. We're looking at lows in the high 20s in the morning, and then in the 40s for the daytime and evening.

You can expect clear skies all week. Saturday looks clear with a high of 56. Then there's a chance of showers Sunday.

Those traveling to or from the Midwest might see travel delays on Sunday evening due to rain.

The last time the D.C. area had a white Christmas was 10 years ago, during the Snowpocalypse of 2009-2010.

The record-breaking 56.1 inches, the result of two major snow storms, left the District paralyzed. Church services were canceled, shopping centers shut down and football games were delayed.

In 2002, there was a mixture of snow, sleet and rain on Christmas, but it only resulted in 0.2 inches of snow.

In 2009, there already was some snow on the ground on Christmas, but it melted because of high temperatures in the upper 50s.

In 2011, there were flurries on Christmas morning, but it wasn't enough to turn the ground white.

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