The official definition of a "white Christmas" is having at least one inch of snow on the ground Christmas morning. So technically, it doesn't even have to snow the day of Christmas.
This year, as with most years, the chances appear low for a white Christmas for much of our region. The exception would be in the higher elevations of West Virginia, where leftover snow may still be around 1".
That might be pushing it given the amount of warmer air expected later this week. Here's a look at what to expect leading up to Christmas Day.
If you're traveling by car or air this weekend, you may run into delays, as a large storm moves up the Mid Atlantic and heads toward the Northeast. Rain will be the main precipitation type as temperatures will stay in the 50s and low 60s over the weekend. Expect a few showers Saturday. Sunday will be the wetter of the two days.
A few lingering showers are possible Monday, with mountain snow flurries as the colder air rushes in from the northwest behind the front. High temperatures will only reach the upper 40s Monday afternoon. That's a good 20 degree temperatures drop from the weekend's warmth.
CHRISTMAS EVE (TUESDAY)
Skies turn mostly sunny with highs in the mid 40s Christmas Eve. It should be a cold night for Santa's arrival and for those heading to church Candlelight services. Lows dip to around 32 late Tuesday night.
CHRISTMAS DAY (WEDNESDAY)
While Christmas Day doesn't appear to be white, it shouldn't be wet either. Skies should remain partly sunny with afternoon highs in the mid/upper 40s.
**As with any long-range forecast, things could change. Use this as a guide, but check back often to get a more specific forecast for making critical travel decisions.