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Dreams of white Christmas coming true

Snow in forecast for Christmas Day

December 22, 2000

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Those with dreams of a white Christmas should wake up happy Monday morning.

With snow already on the ground and sub-freezing temperatures forecast between now and Monday, a white Christmas is all but guaranteed for the Lawrence area.

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In addition, Lawrence could get its first measurable Christmas snowfall since 1987, said Scott Dergan, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

"The potential is there for some places in the plains to get a healthy amount of snow, but it's hard to pinpoint where right now," Dergan said Thursday.

The storm system forecast to move over Kansas, Oklahoma and parts of Texas on Monday could drop from 1 to 6 inches of snow in some areas.

Though a sentimental favorite, wintry weather could make holiday travel tricky. The forecast calls for cloudy skies and possible freezing drizzle and snow Saturday, with highs in the mid-20s. Christmas Eve should be dry and cold with highs in the teens. Monday and Tuesday should be cold with lows from zero to 10 degrees, highs in the teens and the possibility of snow.

The chance for Christmas snow is no more than 50 percent now, but the forecast could change, Dergan said.

The Lawrence area has had measurable snowfall on Christmas Day only four times since 1939. One inch fell in 1945, 1.4 inches in 1962, 0.4 inches in 1974 and 1.5 inches in 1987.

The odds for snow are never overwhelming at Christmas.

"There's about a 20 percent chance or so pretty low," said Amy Akers, a meteorologist with Weather Data in Wichita.

Katie Nelson, a Kansas University student and Minnesota native, said she was hoping snow hits Kansas in full force.

"Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without snow," Nelson said. "And the more the better, as far as Christmas goes but after that, it can go."

Jay Soldner of Lawrence said he could do without a big winter storm, but he wouldn't mind flurries.

"I'm traveling so I'd rather not see a big one because I don't want to be stuck there," Soldner said. "But I like the snow."

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