White Christmas assured; Arctic cold to follow

Drivers are asked by RCMP to stay off the deteriorating roads as a result of the snowstorm

"In terms of a "White Christmas" as in snow falling on Christmas, I don't see that for Siouxland", Ferguson said.

Temperatures are not expected to get above freezing at most locations this week, according to the weather service.

"It is most likely to fall through the afternoon and into the evening over Christmas Day". Many locations will continue to see snow flurries for the next few hours.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for northern New Jersey, Rockland, Westchester, Orange and Putnam counties until 1 p.m. Monday.

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Children all over the USA use a different definition, one that can be roughly summed up as, "There's a Christmas tree in my house and it's snowing outside". Motorists were advised to use caution.

Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are expected in Cortland County. A heavy blanket of snow has befallen much of the Buckeye State.

In Wyoming County, a lake effect snow warning is in effect through 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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. If traveling, be prepared for rapidly changing road conditions and visibilities. Snow will diminish late Christmas Day but remain showery into Tuesday morning. Since the 1980s, white Christmases in the Rochester area have come little more than 50 percent of the time, and the trend may be decreasing still - the Christmas before last and the Christmas before that were green, too.

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