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Chance of a white Christmas? 23 percent

With Dec. 25 less than two weeks away, it’s time for the annual question: Will the Bay State enjoy a white Christmas?

“Looking back on years past and over a hundred years’ records, the chance for a white Christmas in Boston is 23 percent,” said Charlie Foley, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service station in Taunton.

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The weather service considers the day a “white Christmas” if there is at least an inch of snow on the ground, Foley said.

Snow could blanket Massachusetts before Santa’s sleigh lifts off however, as two low pressure systems will bring precipitation into the region this weekend.

The first system will arrive Saturday night into Sunday and will likely dump snow on interior New England, Foley said.

Snowfall will not be substantial, but it is too early to estimate precise totals, he said.

Boston will only get rain, Foley said.

“The interior will see white, but for the metropolitan area and along the coast it’ll just be a wet event,” he said.

The city will have a second chance to see some snow.

“After this storm goes by, we have another low pressure area that will come in late Sunday into Monday,” Foley said. “That’s a more potent storm with a potential to have snow for the area. This is certainly going to be a stronger storm.”

Before New Englanders prepare for possible snow, they can enjoy a series of nice days. There will be clear skies and plenty of sun over New England for the rest of the workweek.

Today will be mostly sunny with temperatures in the low 40s. Temperatures in the city will dip into the high 20s tonight.

Thursday will be bright and sunny with temperatures near 40. Nighttime temperatures will again be in the high 20s.

There will be more sunshine on Friday and temperatures will be a bit warmer, near 50. Normal temperatures for this time of year are in the low to mid-40s, Foley said.

Saturday will be sunny and temperatures will be near 44 in the city.

Melissa Werthmann can be reached at melissa.werthmann@globe.com.
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