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December 24, 2013

Just keep on dreaming, Bing

GREENVILLE — One year ago, North Texas residents were surprised by a sudden snowstorm which developed on Christmas Day.

There appears to be no chance of a repeat White Christmas this year, as the National Weather Service forecast is calling for a sunny and warmer afternoon Wednesday.

Powerful thunderstorms rolled into the region shortly before dawn on Dec. 25, 2012, bringing thunder and heavy rain before the precipitation rapidly changed over to snow that afternoon. Heavy blowing snow fell well into the evening.

The National Weather Service reported Greenville officially received four inches of snow on Christmas, although reports from weather spotters varied widely. Quinlan was reported to have received about two and one-half inches, with Commerce receiving three and one-half inches of snow.

The highest totals came from reports to the north and west of Hunt County, with areas of Fannin County recording up to six inches of snow from the storm.

Temperatures dropped rapidly, and whatever snow had melted the day before refroze into “black ice” on area roadways, leading to multiple minor accidents.

Several more accidents were reported during the day Wednesday, even as much of the snow which had been on the ground dissolved.

But such a winter nightmare appears unlikely this week.

The Christmas forecast was calling for sunny skies with a high near 52.

The idea of a White Christmas, once an unlikely event locally, has become more common in Greenville and Hunt County in recent years.

Greenville and most of Hunt County received up to two inches of snow from a storm which blew in on Christmas Eve 2009.

A powerful arctic front blew into Greenville on the morning of Dec. 22, 2004, bringing a combination of ice and snow and plunging temperatures into the low teens by Christmas Eve, with near zero wind chills. There were still some patches of snow in spots on Christmas Day.

A light dusting of snow fell on some parts of the area on Dec. 22-23 1990, and a trace of snow was reported in North Texas on Dec. 23, 1983.

The great Christmas Day ice storm of 2000 was actually two ice storms back to back during the last week of the year. Several inches of ice fell across the region, leaving some cities without power for days.

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