Pinpoint Weather: Despite the warm-up, white Christmas still possible

Despite some snow storms early this month, temperatures across the country are now relatively mild with maximum temperatures ranging between 9 and 11 degrees, and minimum temperatures above freezing.

In between, there will be a brief cooler interlude, but only a two-day shot of seasonably chilly temperatures for this time of year Wednesday and Thursday.

How fast the cold air moves in will determine what kind of precipitation we get Christmas and after, Evanego said.

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"There's more of a disparity than we would like to see", said Ken Elliott, a long-range forecaster for WeatherWorks, based in Warren County. Here is how much snow it is now showing across the area between Christmas eve and Christmas day. And the chance of enough snow falling to cover the ground in white is even smaller at only 2 percent.

Christmas Day is now just one week away.

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Stronger winds are then due to move south, hitting the United Kingdom from Boxing Day to New Year's Day with two further low pressure zones on their way. Overall, this looks like the driest day for travel, but not the warmest. Below is what the model shows for temperatures in the afternoon on Christmas eve. Areas along the coast will be dry and mild until Friday night. Too far west, too warm for snow, mostly rain.

Monday - Christmas Day: Forecast confidence is even lower, but rain showers are a reasonable concern from Virginia south to Florida, and some ice or snow may fall in parts of the Appalachians and inland Northeast. It now shows cold air approaching the area and locking into the region. For Virginia, that means highs in the 30s and lows in the teens.

However, some computer guidance models - including the American GFS model - are projecting a colder air pattern to return to the New Jersey region by Christmas Day, opening the door to possible snow on Monday, Dec. 25, Elliott said. Stay updated with the latest forecast here.

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