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Despite today's forecast of rain, it's beginning to look like we'll get a white Christmas.

After an afternoon high around 50, that deep cold front in the Midwest will move in late tonight, bringing snow and dropping temperatures below freezing Tuesday. By the time winter officially arrives at 2:44 a.m. Wednesday, Western New York should be seeing white.

Will it last until the weekend? Meteorologist Judy Levan at the National Weather Service office at Buffalo Niagara International Airport thinks so.

"We're calling for the pattern to still be cold enough then," she said Sunday evening. "If we can get some snow on the ground, it'll be around to make it a white Christmas."

The extended forecast calls for snow showers daily through Friday and temperatures mostly in the 20s.

Actually, odds are good that there will be snow for the holiday. Levan noted that it's snowed on 86 of the past 125 Christmases. Last year saw a record snow, 7.1 inches.

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