White Christmas happening now in Olympia and there's hope for Tacoma

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It snowed intermittently in Dutchess County from around 10:30 p.m. Sunday to 3 a.m. Monday, Speciale said, and picked up in intensity until 8 a.m.

Highs Christmas Day will be in the 20s while temperatures on Tuesday will only recover to the low- to mid-teens.

"It is most likely to fall through the afternoon and into the evening over Christmas Day".

Saturday night, look for patchy blowing snow under mostly cloudy skies that will gradually become clear.

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A winter weather advisory was in effect from 6 a.m.to 6 p.m. Sunday for Cook, DuPage and Kane counties, while winter storm warnings were declared for Lake and other northern in counties - also from 6 a.m.to 6 p.m. Plan on slippery road conditions. Slow down and use caution while driving. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Periods of heavy snow and strong winds will make travel very hard to almost impossible at times from Christmas morning into Tuesday.

The Met Office has now broadened its definition to extend to other parts of the country, although the snow still has to be recorded by a professional. Winter weather advisories have been issued for our area until 1 AM.

A number of reported snowfall totals came in early on Christmas morning - Wallkill had 4.3 inches of 6:12 a.m.; Red Hook had 4 inches as of 7 a.m.; Kingston had 4 inches as of 7 a.m.; and Poughkeepsie had 2 inches as of 7 a.m. "That is near normal - it's 1.4 inches below - but it's pretty close". 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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