White Christmas chances remain slight in Maryland, but hopes not dashed yet

This Christmas is looking likely to be Baltimore’s coldest in years, and some snowflakes could fall in the early morning. But the chances of a truly "White Christmas" remain slight.

Forecasts are still calling for mild rain over the holiday weekend. But most of it is expected to fall Friday night and Saturday, when temperatures are expected to potentially reach 60 degrees.

Meteorologists expect cold air to rush in by Sunday, though, with highs expected to drop into the mid-40s on Christmas Eve. Low temperatures on Christmas morning are forecast around the freezing mark.

That could allow some light overnight precipitation to turn from rain to snow.

National Weather Service forecasters said they expect “little or no snow accumulation” in Central Maryland, but some is possible in western counties.

Snow has not fallen on Christmas Day in Baltimore since 2002, when rain turned to snow that accumulated about an inch, according to the weather service.

High temperatures are forecast around 40 degrees this Christmas Day, coldest for the holiday in Baltimore since 2013.

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