Metro

White Christmas is possible for Mass., forecasters say

Massachusetts just might get a white Christmas after all.

Snow and sleet will move into the Bay State during the overnight hours on Christmas Eve and will likely continue through Christmas morning, according to the National Weather Service.

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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. Based on more than 100 years of records, Boston has a 23 percent chance of a white Christmas each year.

The light snowfall will accumulate to an inch or two in the metropolitan area, but areas further north and west of the city will see more, said weather service meteorologist Charlie Foley.

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The Cape and islands will only see rain, he said.

The precipitation will transition to a wintry mix for much of the state, Foley said.

Light ice accumulation could spell trouble for those traveling Christmas morning.

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“Pockets of freezing rain could cause some slippery conditions,” Foley said.

The wet weather will clear by the afternoon.

Temperatures on Christmas Day will get up to 37 and dip to 26 by nighttime.

Wednesday will bring lots of sun and temperatures in the mid-30s.

A stronger storm will move into the region Wednesday evening, Foley said.

Snow is likely, but it will transition to rain during the overnight hours.

The best chance of significant accumulation of snow is in southwestern New Hampshire and northwestern Massachusetts.

Both the Wednesday evening and Thursday morning commutes could be impacted by the storm, the weather service said.

Barry Burbank, meterologist with WBZ-TV, said much of the state will see a wintry mix during the storm, but Southeastern Massachusetts, including Boston, will get hit with strong winds and heavy rain..

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