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Care to trade a 'White Christmas' for one in the 60s?

Early forecast models suggest that's what Christmas 2015 will look like in Buffalo and much of the Northeast.

With a strong low pressure system set up in the western Great Lakes, warm southerly air could be pulled up the East Coast in much the same way it was Monday, setting up the 71-degree afternoon in Buffalo. It was only the third time the city hit 70 degrees in December in its recorded weather history and first time since 1982.

The forecast models show Christmas Eve will start out at about 50 degrees before more warmth builds into the region.

Temperatures could make it into the 60s during the day Christmas Eve and remain warm overnight into early Christmas Day.

Cooler air will likely spill into the region behind the passing front, as it did this morning, however, models showing that weren't yet available as of Tuesday. That picture could become clearer in a day or two.

Forecast temperatures across North America at 1 a.m., Dec. 25 show that the thermometer will approach 60° in the Buffalo Niagara region. (meteocentre.com)

Forecast temperatures across North America at 1 a.m., Dec. 25 show that the thermometer will approach 60° in the Buffalo Niagara region. (meteocentre.com)

Buffalo's temperature has only run into the 60s once on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, according to weather service records dating back to 1871.

Last year's 57 degrees was the second-warmest Christmas Eve on record.

 

The top three warmest days on Dec. 24 at Buffalo:

1964: 59 degrees

2014: 57 degrees

1982 and 1931: 56 degrees

 

The top three warmest days on Dec. 25 at Buffalo:

1982: 64 degrees

1964: 59 degrees

1940: 58 degrees

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