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Dreaming of a White Christmas? It

With 12 days til Christmas, Mother Nature sends to thee...

Some more chilling cold. A few lake snows, mixing with some rain. And, an Arctic front on Christmas Eve?

Weather service forecasters won't be pinned down on a Christmas Day forecast specifics just yet, but speculation abounds on social media.

Weather experts vying to nail down a holiday forecast seem to agree signs may be shaping up for a cold, white — possibly snowy — Christmas in the Northeast.

Including the Buffalo Niagara region.

Longer-range forecasters at the weather service's Climate Prediction Center are projecting better than equal chances for below-average temperatures and above-average precipitation in their 8-to-14 day forecast that covers Dec. 20 to 26.

And, AccuWeather is calling for a warmer than normal Christmas Eve, with snow and highs in the upper 30s, then a colder Christmas Day.

AccuWeather forecasts a Christmas Day high in the upper 20s with lows in the teens and chances for snow showers.

That would be a welcome change for local Christmas snow lovers from the trend over the last 12 years in Buffalo.

Less than an inch of total snow has fallen on Christmas Day in Buffalo since 2004. In 10 of those years, there was none.

There has not been more than 0.3 inches of snow on Christmas Day in Buffalo since 2003. (xmACIS2)

Statistically speaking, there's snow on the ground for Christmas across Western New York more than 60 percent of the time, according to the National Weather Service.

But, there's only been more than 1 inch on the ground in Buffalo for three of the last 12 years.

Five of those years, including 2014 and 2015, there was no snow.

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