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December 2016's forecast? Not a bit like last year.

If you enjoy Jack Frost nipping at your nose when you're holiday shopping, odds are you're in luck this year.

The weather pattern shaping up for the month of December looks to be a lot closer to normal this year.

Temperatures will start December in the 30s and 40s with even some snowflakes expected for its first weekend, forecasts show.

Last year brought the warmest December on record in Buffalo by more than four full degrees.

It averaged 42.1 degrees, brought with it the first 70-degree reading in December since 1982 as well as a green, 66-degree Christmas Eve.

The first tenth of an inch of snow didn't fall until Dec. 18 and there was only one single inch of snow the entire month.

Forecasters at the Climate Prediction Center at the National Weather Service suggest this year there will be more seasonal, and probably snowy at times.

Lake-effect snowy.

Forecasters explain:
A SLIGHT TILT IN THE ODDS FOR ABOVE-MEDIAN PRECIPITATION DOWNWIND OF THE GREAT LAKES IS BASED ON
ELEVATED CHANCES OF LAKE-ENHANCED PRECIPITATION WITH THE ABOVE-NORMAL LAKE TEMPERATURES.

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Warmer than average water temperatures in the Great Lakes are expected to generate more lake-effect precipitation during December, forecasters say. (Climate Prediction Center)

As for temperature, forecasters give this year's December an "equal chance" to run at normal, below or above for much of the eastern half of the lower 48 states, including the Buffalo Niagara region.

Above-average temperatures are expected in northern New England and the southwestern U.S., but bet that the temperature will be right around normal for the Buffalo Niagara region. (Climate Prediction Center)

Above-average temperatures are expected in northern New England and the southwestern U.S., but bet that the temperature will be right around normal for the Buffalo Niagara region. (Climate Prediction Center)

What can Santa expect to find in Buffalo this year?

It's still a few weeks too early to tell for sure what Christmas Day is going to look like - green or white, warm or cold - but AccuWeather's best guess right now on its monthly forecast shows a mostly sunny day with a high of 34 degrees.

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