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Christmas Day forecast leaves little chance for snow

Dec. 24, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

Although winter started as advertised with the Tri-State blanketed with snow on the Solstice, the chances of a White Christmas are looking slim.

According to the National Weather Service, the Huntington forecast for Christmas Eve looks like smooth sailing for Santa's sleigh with only a 20 percent chance of rain and mostly cloudy conditions with a low overnight on Christmas Eve of about 30.

On Christmas Day, forecasters are calling for partly sunny conditions with highs around 40. Some rain could move in overnight on Christmas night after midnight as there will be a 70 percent chance of rain and steady temperatures in the mid 30s.

However, chances to try out that new sled could come on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday's forecast calls for snow likely in the afternoon with a 70 percent chance of precipitation.

Those snow showers are likely to continue into Wednesday night as it gets colder, with lows in the mid 20s.

Thursday remains cold with lows in the lower 30s and mostly cloudy conditions with a 30 percent chance of snow showers.

Friday calls for mostly sunny conditions and the mid 30s as highs with snow showers at 40 percent for Friday night and an equal chance of snow on Saturday under cloudy conditions.

Over in the mountains of West Virginia, the state's downhill ski resorts are enjoying a fresh dump of snow as Snowshoe Mountain received a fresh 15 inches of snow from Friday's storm.

In Canaan Valley, Timberline officially opened on Friday, Dec. 21, with some skiers facing blizzard conditions through Saturday, while Winterplace south of Beckley in Flat Top, W.Va., just opened on Sunday as well with an assist from new-fallen snow.

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