It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - Not!

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Anyone dreaming of a White Christmas is in store for a rude awakening.

There's nothing in the weather picture for the Pittsburgh region that resembles anything close to a Christmas card, says Lee Hendricks, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh.

While it may be true that the official start of winter began at 12:11 p.m. Dec. 21, the balmy temperatures combined with the persistent rain is denying our region the kind of weather we've come to expect for the holiday week.

"This is not normal," said Mr. Hendricks from his office in Moon."Typically, for this time of year, we'd see high temperatures around 37 and lows around 23 and we'd generally be looking for an average of three-tenths of an inch of snow per day," he said.

Instead, today the mercury will climb to the mid-60s with winds gusting up to 30 mph. And more rain is expected.

On Monday, it will be cloudy with a high in the lower 40s.

Mr. Hendricks said temperatures will begin to fall late Monday afternoon to something more seasonable. Snow showers could occur late Monday night and Tuesday but not a bit of snow accumulation is expected. "Nothing's going to stick anywhere. Christmas day is looking like it will be sunny with highs in the lower 30s. No precipitation at all,'' Mr. Hendricks said.

Karen Kane: or at 724-772-9180.

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