…But white Christmas still possible

If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas in Warren County you just might get your wish.

“In Warren County it’s probably 50-50,” Paul Head with the National Weather Service in State College said Monday of the likelihood of snowfall. “It looks like there’s a good chance up there.”

After a weekend of unseasonably warm weather and rain, which largely wiped out accumulated snow, temperatures are predicted to remain low through the middle of the week with highs in the twenties.

According to Head, a low-pressure system crossing Lake Michigan and headed toward New York State could prompt some lake effect snow off of Lake Erie.

“It should get the wind turning on Lake Erie,” he said.

The official National Weather Service forecast as of Monday afternoon was even more optimistic.

It predicted a 90 percent chance of snow accumulation for the City of Warren with possible accumulation of between one and two inches Tuesday. Through Christmas Eve and Christmas Day the chances drop to 30 percent as participation is forecast to diminish overnight.

If you’re traveling this holiday, you may miss out on the snow, however.

“The best chance of seeing a coating to a couple of inches of new snow will be over the high terrain of the north and west,” according to the National Weather Service forecast, “with little chance for a white Christmas elsewhere.”

No larger storms, with significant precipitation, are expected during the week.

“It looks like there’s going to be some snow showers developing into tomorrow (Tuesday) night,” Head said, “in some areas maybe three to four inches. In Warren it’s probably about an inch.”