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Published December 23, 2011, 12:26 PM

Scarce Snow May Cause Brown Christmas in Dakotas

(AP) — Dreams of a white Christmas are fading from New England to the Dakotas, where snowfall has been well below normal throughout fall and early winter.

By: Associated Press,

(AP) — Dreams of a white Christmas are fading from New England to the Dakotas, where snowfall has been well below normal throughout fall and early winter.

The National Weather Service reports the cause is high-altitude wind patterns blocking cold air masses over Canada from migrating southward.

The weather service says Bismarck so far this month has recorded a couple of inches of snow — far less than the 5.3-inch average.

Farther north in Williston, there's been no snowfall recorded this month. There typically would be more than five inches by now. And in some areas, it's more than 20 degrees warmer this year compared with last.

Not everyone minds.

Weather data collector Rick Krolak says his Florida-transplanted family is fine with a snow-less holiday. He says "the warmer, the better."

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