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White Christmas odds grow in northern New England

December 20, 2011
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GRAY, Maine—The National Weather Service says the latest outlook opens the door to a sliver of hope for a white Christmas in northern New England.

Meteorologist Stacie Hanes says the forecast calls for a low-pressure system to develop off the coast, bringing the possibility of rain or snow on Christmas Day. She says it's too early to predict with any certainty what will happen. But she says it "looks like some snow is possible."

Across the region, Cornell University's Northeast Regional Climate Center says there's typically a 66 percent probability of a white Christmas in Portland, Maine, 70 percent in Burlington, Vt., and 73 percent in Concord N.H. Right now, the ground is brown, not white, in those locations.

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