WTOP's Weather Center predicts a chance of scattered rain showers mixed with wet snow on the night of Christmas Eve, but don't expect it to stick. An area along Interstate 80 could see up to 6 inches of snow accumulation and 50 miles per hour winds, causing whiteout conditions. The snow dragged New York City to a halt that year.
With so many moving parts it is still a fairly low confidence forecast even though it's so close in time. An Arctic cold front had blasted cold air to the area, making it the flawless environment for a snowstorm.
Last year, WTOP reported that there had only been four years when the D.C. area had more than an inch of snow on the ground on Christmas in the past 50 years. "1 to 3 inches of snow is expected from the Lehigh Valley and Berks County points north through the Poconos and northwestern New Jersey, with the 1" amounts more likely farther south, and the 3" amounts more likely towards the higher elevations farther north.
Accumulation will be quick across Worcester County, southern New Hampshire and northern CT.
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Wind will initially be from the northeast at 20 to 30 miles per hour, then as the low-pressure system intensifies rapidly northeast of Cape Cod, wind will rapidly reverse direction coming from the west gusting past 40 miles per hour especially near the shore.
A Wind Advisory starts this afternoon and goes until tonight. Possible accumulations will range from a dusting to a few inches area wide as temperatures fall into the upper 20s and low 30s Christmas morning.
A wayward polar vortex may show up in Ontario, and we will be just south of it.
Just be ready to deal with the cold! Wind chills that low will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin. Skies will begin to cloud up as we head toward early Christmas Eve, so if you do have evening plans you should be fine.