If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, you’ll have to settle for the Bing Crosby classic on cable television.
Above-normal temperatures – and rain – are in the forecast through Christmas Eve.
Wednesday’s high is expected to approach the record of 59 degrees, set in 1964.
A powerful cold front is expected to arrive in the wee hours of Christmas Day, but it will be too little, too late.
“If we see any snow at all on Christmas Day, it will just be scattered” with no accumulation expected, according to meteorologist Tony Ansuini of the National Weather Service in Buffalo..
In the meantime, you might want to secure outdoor decorations.
Southwest winds will increase right behind the cold front, with possible gusts of 50 to 60 miles an hour, Ansuini said. A high-wind watch takes effect late Wednesday night through Thursday afternoon in Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara and Orleans counties.
Expect delays if your holiday week plans involve travel.
While rain may slow highway traffic, those winds could pose problems for those traveling by air.
Gusty winds may lead to flight delays in the mid-Atlantic, New England and eastern Great Lakes region Tuesday night and Wednesday, warns AccuWeather, a forecasting service based in Pennsylvania.
Increasing winds may cause similar problems throughout the Midwest on Christmas Eve, with the risk expanding to the mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Christmas Day. The strongest winds are likely in New England late Wednesday into Thursday.