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A Pelham White Christmas is Possible

PELHAM, N.Y. - For those Pelham residents who have been hoping for a White Christmas, your prayers might be answered – or maybe not, according to the National Weather Service.

“When it comes to snow, it’s kind of hard to say right now,” said meteorologist Lauren Nash.

“Early Sunday, interior locations could see snow or a rain-snow mix. With temperatures being pretty warm, we’re not sure how much it’s actually going to stick this far out," Nash concluded.

The high and low temperatures on Sunday, Christmas Day, are expected to be 44 and 34 respectively.

Nash believes “large scale weather patterns” are to blame for the irregular winter temperatures.

“For example out on the west coast, they’ve been getting these upper low pressure systems over and over again while we out here have been basically stuck in dry, above normal temperatures for the month of December,” said Nash. “It’s overly due to a large scale pattern right now.”

According to Nash, a few different scenarios are possible on the 25th.

“Right now, our model forecasts are still very much divergent – very different solutions for Christmas Day. We’re just carrying a 30 percent chance of precipitation,” said Nash.

She did predict that people could wake up to a few flurries before opening gifts.

Whenever the snow does strike, two local gas station owners are ready for it with plows.

“It’s (the truck) been sitting around with the plow for a month,” said Nick Starpoli, who owns the Getty gas station on Wolfs Lane. He owns one truck with a plow. “Winter’s coming – just getting ready for it.”

Starpoli, who plows a few houses and commercial lots, is hoping it does not snow any time soon because he is enjoying the current weather too much.

“I’d rather it not [snow] because this is beautiful,” said Starpoli. “Let it stay this way.”

However, Starpoli knows that he has no control over Mother Nature. “You never know. It could or could not. It’s life. What are you going to do?”

On the other hand, Paul Bencivengo cannot wait for the snow.

“Yea, I’m ready for whenever it hits,” said the Gulf gas station owner.

He is hoping for some snow on Christmas. “Yea, why not? Definitely, it puts you in the spirit,” said Bencivengo.

Other Pelham residents are not as hopeful for snow as Bencivengo.

Eva Stanskar, who was walking around town with her son, Lars, is thankful there has not been any snow since the October storm.

“I’m fine with this weather,” said Stanskar. “I’m Swedish, so I’ve had enough of white Christmas to last me a lifetime. This is fine with me.”

She would be glad to see this weather continue without snowflakes.

“A winter without snow is fine. I’m glad it hasn’t been snowing,” Stanskar said with a laugh.

However, Stanskar’s opinion clearly does not stand with another Pelham resident.

“I’ve got four-wheel drive, I live in a condominium, and they shovel for me,” said Harry Engstrom. “I don’t care. I would like snow for Christmas.”

Engstrom has another reason why he is hoping for some snow on Christmas.

“Midnight mass on Christmas with a little snow is very nice,” said Pelham’s assistant court clerk.

The Five Day Forecast (According to the National Weather Service):

While it looks like not much snow is expected this weekend, rain is on its way.

The rain is expected to start on Tuesday night at 8 and continue off and on through Wednesday night.

Unseasonably warm temperatures will be the theme of Thursday with a high of 55 degrees and low of 42. On Friday, it will be cloudy in the morning and sunny in the afternoon with a high of 48 degrees and a low of 38.

Saturday, weekend travelers will be glad to know, will be cloudy with only a 20 percent chance of precipitation.

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