'Twas the week before Christmas and all through the town, not a single snowflake could be found.

Those lovers of a white Christmas might have to dream one up as above-freezing, albeit still chilly, temperatures have settled in over Northeast Ohio.

As for snowfall, it has been a bit scarce as of late.

But the National Weather Service points out that Akron — where just shy of 8 inches has fallen so far this snow season — is right where it should be for this time of year.

To meet the National Weather Service's definition of a "white Christmas," at least 1 inch or more of snow has to be on the ground on Christmas morning.

Historically, the odds of a white Christmas in Northeast Ohio fall anywhere from 40 to 60 percent, with the better odds in the traditional snowbelt communities.

For travelers, the weather service says, a "large storm system will develop and move into the eastern Ohio Valley for the end of the week."

Rain is in the forecast for Thursday and Friday, with chances of some snow Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

The early prediction for Christmas Eve is sunny skies with temperatures just above freezing.

But there's at least one sure sign winter is right around the corner. Wednesday, Boston Mills ski resort in northern Summit County opens its slopes for the season at 4 p.m.

Its sister slopes at Brandywine could open as early as the weekend.

Crews have been taking advantage of below-freezing temperatures at night to create snow to cover the slopes.

 

Craig Webb, who always predicts a Browns win and a white Christmas, can be reached at cwebb@thebeaconjournal.com.