Warmer temperatures through the start of next week make it unlikely the region will have a white Christmas.
The 10-day forecast calls for warmer weather this weekend and highs in the low 40s on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, under mostly sunny skies.
The high temperature is expected to reach 54 degrees in the metro-east Wednesday under sunny skies.
And the warmer weather is expected to last through the weekend when large amounts of precipitation are expected to fall on the area, according to the National Weather Service. The temperature should assure that the moisture comes down as rain instead of snow and ice.
It will be mostly cloudy throughout the day Thursday with a high of 55. The wet weather is expected to move in Thursday night with a 60 percent chance of showers and a low of 47. On Friday, there is a 50 percent chance of rain with a high of 49. The temperature will remain just above freezing with a low of 34 overnight into Saturday when there is a 90 percent chance of rain and a predicted high of 40.
In total, about two inches of rain are expected. Generally, meteorologists say, every inch of rain is equivalent to 8-10 inches of snow. So, if the temperature was a few degrees lower, local residents would face 16-20 inches of snow.