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Significant cold coming our way and will last through Christmas

Significant cold coming our way and will last through Christmas

The day after Christmas, snow and ice are possible, with a high of 38 and low of 23, AccuWeather says.

The Weather Channel's app predicts a 40 percent chance of "rain/snow showers" on Monday - Christmas Day - in the Jackson area, with a high of 43 and a low of 26.

How fast the cold air moves in will determine what kind of precipitation we get Christmas and after, Evanego said. Saturday and Sunday will have highs in the teens. However, it is still too early to determine specifically what type of precipitation will occur, and how much, if any, accumulations we may see. The Euro and GEM solutions are showing cold and snow late Christmas Eve. Even if it's farther east, the GFS also has some weaker disturbances aloft that could bring light snow to our area.

"Whether any snow sticks around and gives us a white Christmas is yet to be seen, " said Audra Moore, a KMTV meteorologist.

There is rain or a chance of rain in the forecast all weekend, with rain likely on Christmas as well, it said.

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With the Christmas holiday and all the traveling that goes along with it almost here, we thought we would break down what we see coming in the forecast that could get in the way of flight and drive times.

Thursday: High pressure will make for a dry but chilly day up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

Friday looks cold, especially it the morning, but dry. Below is what the model shows for temperatures in the afternoon on Christmas eve. Friday night's low will drop to around 15.

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). A slight shift to the west, by as little as 20 miles, in the track of the storm would result in the majority of the area seeing rain instead of snow.

AccuWeather forecasts disruptive travel for the holiday period December 21-26 from the Rockies to the northeast.