Hopes may be dashed for anyone dreaming of a white Christmas in Pittsburgh this year. Weather forecasters say no Yuletide snow is on the way.
Meteorologist John Darnley, of the National Weather Service in Moon Township, said a storm front moving in through the Midwest is expected to arrive in western Pennsylvania on Christmas Day.
Snow isn't on the forecast for the day, but rain is a possibility, he said.
"We might actually see some snow Friday night into Saturday morning," Darnley said. "Maybe one to two inches."
Darnley said temperatures will cool off on Sunday and Monday, just as a large storm front moving from the middle of the country makes its way to Western Pennsylvania.
On Christmas Day, temperatures will pick up, remaining at seasonal averages for the rest of the week, Darnley said.
There's a chance snow may come, albeit three days too late—light snowfall is possible on Dec. 28, as a low pressure front moves in through the region.
Expect temperatures in the mid-30s with partly cloudy skies on Christmas Day.
No accumulated snowfall has been recorded this month, according to the National Weather Service's data.
Some quick facts about snowfall in Western Pennsylvania:
- The Pittsburgh region's largest recorded snowfall in one day during the month of December occurred on Dec. 17, 1890, when 22 inches of snow accumulated.
- Based on Christmas' past, the chance of having some snowfall in the Pittsburgh region on Dec. 25 is 38 percent.
- The latest snow recorded in the Pittsburgh region occurred on May 31, 1893.
- The average month-to-date accumulated snowfall for the Pittsburgh region by Dec. 25 is 6.4 inches.