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White Christmas eve in the forecast

White Christmas eve in the forecast

The Chicago area could see dangerously low wind chills on Christmas Day, increasing the risk of frostbite and hypothermia if precautions are not taken.

They were called snow emergency routes.

First few flakes start to fly in western MA around midnight.

New data continues to show a mixed bag of rain and snow for Christmas morning. The freezing line will fluctuate south to north and back south throughout the morning.

"With that, there is the potential for snow", Head said.

Torrance's Forecast: - Any remaining pockets of rain or freezing rain will transition to snow, as temperatures fall through the 20s.

The steadiest rain and snow will fall either side of midnight, and should end from southwest to northeast before sunrise Christmas morning. Use extra caution while traveling as roads may become slick.

There will be several hours of steady snowfall in the northern half of the state. This will transition to rain late in the day, but there could be enough ice accretion to cause some power outages over extreme northern MA and into New Hampshire.

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"A lot of this stuff will break up as it moves over the mountains, so even where any snow does manage to reach the ground, odds are not high it will stick". Ski areas getting the jackpot! Other than a few wrap-around flurries, our precipitation is done after noon.

This storm will be feast or starvation.

Any reindeer aloft Sunday on Christmas Eve likely will be hard to spot; forecasters are predicting rain. "So... it's still possible that Boston gets in on a slushy coating (maybe up to 2" of slush away from the coast). One to three inches outside of Boston to Interstate 128. Snowfall may total over 6-inches in portions of northwest in where lake-enhanced snowfall could combine with system snow. The farther northwest you go, the fluffier the snow consistency.

A wind advisory is in effect between 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday. Our Winter Storm Watch will expire late Monday afternoon/ early evening. A Winter Weather Advisory will linger into late Saturday and early Sunday because of these hazards.

There may be a mixture of rain, sleet and snow along the I-95 corridor. Then the wind ramps up. Gusts may get up to 38 miles per hour.

Christmas afternoon and evening - Temperatures will range from the mid-upper 30s, melting accumulated snow.

These strong winds may cause some damage or scattered power outages...primarily in higher elevations and across the Cape & islands.

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