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Published December 06, 2011, 09:55 PM

Wishing for a White Christmas? This Year, it Might Not Come True

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - If you're dreaming of white Christmas, the odds are getting better that the dream might not come true.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - If you're dreaming of white Christmas, the odds are getting better that the dream might not come true.

The fact that it's December 6 with no snow in the ten day forecast, it's a close call.

While it may seem very weird it being early December, it happens more often than you might think.

Snow-free streets and sidewalks are a plus if your delivering the mail. But everybody has a different take on the lack of the white stuff.

"I think it's kind of sad. Because it's so cold you expect there to be snow. And it still looks nice out and it's freezing. I don't like it," Melissa Rasmuson said.

"Very nice to get around in and go shopping. But the wind is horrific," Marilyn Lee said.

With little or no snow predicted until at least the middle of the month, some are wondering if their lawns will be brown on Christmas. There is snow just to the south and west of the region.

"This happens to be one of those years where the storm systems have dropped the snow. Have just happen to pass just outside the Red River Valley region," National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Ewens said.

As it turns out, a brown Christmas here in Grand Forks is not all that rare.

Ewens says there is a 10 percent chance there won't be snow on Christmas.

"2006, not that many years ago, so kind of breaking the pattern there. We actually had snow early in December and so on Christmas day we really didn't have any snow on the ground in the valley region," Ewens said.

So why is it that it seems so strange that it's early December and it doesn't look more like Christmas? WDAZ meteorologist Darryl Ritchison says it might be all in your head.

"Because snowfall tends to be very memorable, either in the sense that it causes you hassles or you love to play in it, people tend to remember the snow-covered years much more then the snow-free years," Ritchison said.

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