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White Christmas doubtful

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Residents who have been humming the Bing Crosby standard, "White Christmas," in recent days, hoping to see some snow on the ground Christmas Day may be a bit disappointed.

According to WTHI News 10 Meteorologist David Wire, while there may be a chance for snow Christmas Day, it is slim.

For that matter, a snowy Christmas is slim practically every year.

"On a year-to-year basis, the percentage is 30 percent," Wire told The Brazil Times. "It's not very high. It's not very likely.

"There's a 70 percent chance that we don't (get snow) every year."

Wire added recent weather patterns coming through the area indicate the chance for snow is low.

"Based on (the patterns) we're seeing this year, I'd say the percentages are right on the money," he said. "Right now, for Christmas, we're looking for temperatures to be average, which would put us at about 40-degrees for a high."

The Wabash Valley did get some snow Christmas Eve into Christmas Day two years ago, but it was only a dusting.

Last year, the temperature hovered near 50-degrees and the sun was out.

However, Wire said the patterns he has seen so far this year indicate a cold front could come through by Christmas Day.

Wire said a cold front is expected in the area late Wednesday into Thursday. The front will bring a possible rain-snow mix.

Colder temperatures are in the forecast by Thursday and into Friday morning, before the temperatures rise again.

"This is kind of a normal front this time of year," Wire added.

Still, with this pattern of cold fronts coming into the area every few days, it is possible to see some snow.

However, low temperatures will be needed.

"The temperatures look to stay above average this work week, but it looks to get colder through the weekend," Wire said. "The average daytime high (this time of year) is 41-degrees. The temperatures will be about 50-degrees this week.

Wire, however, said the percentages are against a white Christmas.

"There could be snow or rain, but only a 30-percent chance," he said. "It may sound exciting to some, but there's still a 70-percent chance it doesn't do anything."

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