Rain tapering off later tonight. A dry start to Christmas Eve Day

Rain tapering off later tonight. A dry start to Christmas Eve Day

A second storm will quickly develop off shore and swipe us with a period of snow and possibly snow and rain along the shore for Christmas Eve after midnight through Christmas Morning.

After sunset, temperatures will again drop below freezing.

But the rain, slush and snow don't start until Sunday night, giving last-minute shoppers a dry day to hit the stores. Winds will remain breezy out of the west Christmas day, keeping wind chills in the single digits. One final burst of snow is possible later this morning into early afternoon as some colder air rushed in from the north. For northern New Jersey, expect a more gradual transition from snow to rain showers later in the evening.

So the chances of a white Christmas - defined as an inch or more of snow on the ground, even if it's from previous storms - this year aren't high.

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A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued by the National Weather Service to take effect at 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve. By 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, 2.6 inches of snowfall had accumulated in Peotone in Will County, an area that was expected to get up to 6 inches of snow.

In Cook, DuPage and Kane counties, total snowfall ranged from 1 to 3 inches, the weather service said. Snow accumulations of less than 1 inch and ice accumulations of less than 1/10 of an inch are forecast.

Accumulation will be quick across Worcester County, southern New Hampshire and northern CT.

As the morning goes by and the kids wake up to see what Santa brought them, more snow falls!

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The new snow along with strong wind has raised the avalanche danger in some locations in the backcountry.

Wind gusts near 30MPH for Christmas Day. An Arctic front moving over freshly fallen snow will deliver obscenely cold weather for the rest of the week.

Christmas Eve night: Cloudy, brisk and cold.

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