Baltimore is about due for a white Christmas, but it will have to wait at least another year. Sunshine and seasonably chilly temperatures are forecast next week.
Snow hasn't fallen on Christmas Day here since 2010, when a trace of flakes was observed. And there hasn't been measurable snowfall since Christmas 2002, when 2 inches accumulated along with a mix of sleet and rain.
After an unusual warmup for the first day of winter Friday, highs in the 40s and lows in the 30s are forecast to return this weekend and last into next week. That is about normal for this time of year, though average lows are actually in the 20s by late December.
And after another burst of potentially flooding rain Thursday night into Friday, dry weather is forecast from the weekend through the holiday. Mostly sunny skies are forecast from Saturday through at least Wednesday.
In record books that go back to 1871, there is at least some measurable snow on Christmas in one out of every 10 years, according to the National Weather Service. An inch or more of snow falls on only one out of 20 Christmases in Baltimore.