Consequently the snow line will rise to over 1,000m, with heavy rain forecast below that level in many places on Friday night.
Stronger winds are then due to move south, hitting the United Kingdom from Boxing Day to New Year's Day with two further low pressure zones on their way.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that this year hasn't been the greatest when it comes to snowfall - we've had less than 5 inches so far this year when we should be well into the two-digit mark by this point. Saturday will be the milder of the two as highs likely climb back above 50 degrees despite the rain, thanks to a warm southerly breeze on the milder side of an approaching cold front.
A white Christmas has always been a novelty to have snow falling the morning after Santa makes his annual trip around the world delivering presents.
More showers and storms develop along a cold front Wednesday afternoon; however, those do not appear to have much risk of "severe" weather with them.
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So, if you're dreaming of a white Christmas like Bing Crosby was, you'll have to keep dreaming, and hopefully be able to at least accept the more likely reality of a soggy Christmas (which certainly does NOT have as good of a ring to it). Here is a look at December 25 and the travel days that surround it.
The forecast may increase the odds of snow as Christmas gets closer. The winter solstice will occur at 10:28 A-M Central Time on Thursday and forecasters say Iowa may see snow fly about that same time as much colder weather arrives, as if on cue. The cold air plunging into the center of the country is bringing colder than normal temperatures. There is only an 8 percent chance of snow. According to the site, Reykjavík had 43 white Christmases between 1921 and 2015.
One last chance... There is one last possibility and that comes on Christmas Day.
Historically, much of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, most of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and a large portion of the Western mountain areas have a 90% or better chance of a white Christmas.
Look for more updates later this week, plus travel forecasts focused on the nation's busiest airports.