Is a good place for a white Christmas

Is a good place for a white Christmas

Snow, which has been slow to develop this evening, will start overnight - look for it by 10 p.m. - and then evolve into a significant lake effect event that could deliver up to 6 inches of lake effect snow on Christmas Day. There is a 30 percent chance of nighttime snow showers.

Christmas Day will be partly sunny with a high near 35 and a low of 18. Slow down and use caution while driving. Expect areas of blowing and drifting snow, with wind gusts of 30 to 40 miles per hour, reduced visibility and drifts, which will make travel hard at times. Many locations will continue to see snow flurries for the next few hours.

Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are expected in Cortland County.

Snow: Met Office issued warning (file pic).

Snowshoe Mountain leads the state with a probability of at least one inch of snow on the ground at 62 percent, closely followed by Thomas at 61 percent.

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Bookmaker Coral saw an increase in customers betting on a white Christmas, Aberdeen had the shortest odds at 2-1 for snowfall, while Birmingham and Manchester are both on 6-1 with London trailing on 8-1.

The National Weather Service urges drivers to be prepared for reduced visibility at times.

A winter weather advisory is also in effect until 4 p.m.

And while it is not expected to snow on Christmas Day, increasing winds and falling temperatures are a bigger concern, as are single-digit to negative wind chills, meteorologists at the weather service said.

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