No white Christmas in Walla Walla forecast

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WALLA WALLA — A white Christmas isn’t in the cards this year.

The forecast for Christmas Day calls for sunny, cold weather with daytime highs just above freezing. The fair skies are expected to continue into next week.

A storm system which brought snow, then rain, over the past few days is expected to move out by tonight and be followed by a cold front. This will drop today’s unseasonably warm temperatures in the 50s back to seasonal norms.

Tuesday night will be mostly clear with light winds. Temperatures are predicted to drop to the mid-20s with teens in the mountains.

But bad news for snow lovers will be good news for travelers. The dry, clear weather should provide good driving conditions throughout Washington and Oregon, although drivers heading west may encounter some precipitation today and tonight going over the mountain passes.

The weather forecast for Snoqualmie Pass for Tuesday calls for partly sunny skies with partly sunny with the freezing level near 3,500 feet. Afternoon pass temperatures will be in the lower to mid-30s with a west wind in the passes around 10 mph.

Conditions are expected to be mostly clear Tuesday night with the freezing level near 5,000 feet, increasing to 6,000 feet after midnight. Winds should be light.

On Christmas Day skies should be mostly sunny with the freezing level near 6,000 feet. Afternoon pass temperatures will be in the lower to mid-30s with light winds. Mostly sunny skies are expected to prevail through the weekend.

According to the AAA auto club, about 94.5 million people nationwide are expected to travel 50 or more miles this year for the holiday, a slight increase from the 94 million last year. Most of those travelers — 85.8 million or 91 percent — plan to drive to their destination.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318.

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