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A Warm Christmas Expected, In Already Record-Breaking Winter

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If you’ve stepped outside at all this month, you already know the weather has been far from frightful. Forecasters are predicting a record-breaking...

If you’ve stepped outside at all this month, you already know the weather has been far from frightful.  Forecasters are predicting a record-breaking Christmas, and the city’s warmest December.

In Providence, Christmas set a record last year at 63 degrees. Meteorologists believe we’ll approach that record this year, and maybe even beat it. Overall this is shaping up to be the warmest December on record in Providence, with an average temperature of 43 degrees.

But don’t hang up your winter hat just yet. National Weather Service spokesman Bill Simpson said snow may come after the New Year.

“By mid-January through at least February, we’re still likely to get a few events, but at this point, nothing is on the horizon as far as snow,” said Simpson.

Simpson says the higher-than-average temperature is the result of warm air moving across the country; the same weather pattern dumped tons of snow on Colorado.

“Basically it’s the warm ocean waters off the Pacific,” said Simpson. “So we just happen to be on the very warm side of that pattern.”

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Forecasters say we'll have to wait until 2016 to see any snow.
Forecasters say we'll have to wait until 2016 to see any snow.