This year isn't looking much different, although there is the off chance that the cold snap set to overtake the central and western US might push the rain/snow line near the TN/NC border.
A First Action Alert Day has been issued for this Wednesday starting at 10 p.m. and lasting until Thursday night until 10 p.m.
The actual holiday weekend is expected to be drier, but in some ways even less hospitable. For others - especially across the Southeast - the odds are not good.
The NWS advises it's too early to pinpoint specific details, but an active weather pattern along with colder temperatures is possible. Now that being said, as winds shift from the north and northwest Wednesday and Thursday as high pressure over eastern Canada builds in, a shot of cooler (but not cold) air will be ushered into the area. While that's certainly cooler than the mid to upper 50s we enjoyed today, it's not almost as cold as the stuff we shivered to most of last week.
While there is some cold air behind the weather system that could bring a wintry mix to the area on Saturday, there still isn't a high likelihood for snow on Christmas morning.
Despite the snow that has fallen across Switzerland this December, including at low altitude on Monday this week, it is extremely unlikely to be a white Christmas on the Swiss lowlands this year, according to meteorologists.
GETTY BLUSTERY Christmas is set to be windy with strong gales hitting 70mph
EPS computer model snow forecast through December 30. They will generally see the same type of weather as central Pennsylvania - a warmup into Christmas Eve, then colder.
The extended outlook for the United Kingdom, between December 24 and January 2, reads: "The Christmas period sees a gradual transition from the settled conditions of previous days, to more changeable weather". A cold front will be slicing through the center of the country later this week.
In short, Christmas weekend should definitely begin warmer and wetter on Saturday.
In the colder air Sunday light snow snow will develop ahead of a cold front and snow showers will be likely Christmas Day.
Look for more updates later this week, plus travel forecasts focused on the nation's busiest airports. The models can change and that would impact what we see.