If children have their noses pressed up against the window pane on Christmas Eve, chances are they won't be seeing much of a white Christmas.

Meteorologist Corby Nickerson said on Sunday that the Christmas week will be wet, but probably with more rain than snow, especially on Monday, the first official day of winter.

"Well, you know, it's really quite interesting," said Nickerson. "When I look at the climate data from a year ago, we were actually warmer. We were breaking records at this time last year. It was 54 degrees in Missoula, and that set a record, so today's 44 kind of pales in comparison, but certainly feels quite warm relative to what you would expect on the first day of winter, which starts today."

Nickerson said there will be a chance of some snow starting on Tuesday.

"Ultimately, there will be a cold front that will move through the area early Tuesday morning," he said. "That's going to result in a dramatic lowering of the snow level, and then we're going to be looking at the potential that we could see some snow in the valleys, which I know a lot of people have been itching for."

Nickerson delivered the bad news about a White Christmas.

"It probably won't snow on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day," he said. "It looks like high pressure's going to be pretty strong through this time frame, so we may actually see some stars at night and we might see the conjunction of the Christmas Star that's coming up this week. As far as snow on the ground, I'd say it's a pretty good  bet that we'll have at least some snow on the ground here with Tuesday's storm system that will be moving through. It might be spotty and it probably won't be much, but I think we'll have some snow on the ground and that will probably last through Christmas."

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