Snow on Christmas possible

LAWRENCEVILLE - Atlanta hasn't seen a white Christmas in nearly 125 years.

However, there is a small chance of snow Christmas night, according to the National Weather Service. It depends on several things, including whether enough moisture remains when cold air arrives later this weekend, said meteorologist Trisha Palmer.

"We're six days out, so a lot of things could change," she said.

The National Weather Service is looking at several different forecast models, some of which downplay the likelihood for snow. Nevertheless, it said there are "slight to low chances of snow or snow and rain ... for most of the area late Christmas evening and ... Christmas night. We will have to watch and see."

Officially, the forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of light snow Christmas night with temperatures dropping into the low 30s. While more common farther north, a white Christmas in the Atlanta area is so rare the notion may seem almost magical. The last time a measurable snow fell on Christmas was 1882 - just .3 inches. In 1881, 1.6 inches of snow was recorded.

Other than flurries, that's about the only snow Atlanta has seen on Christmas for more than a century.