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Yorkers might wake up to snow on Christmas after a light snowfall the night before.

AccuWeather senior meteorologist Paul Walker said snow is "not likely on Christmas Day, but there is a system that comes through Christmas Eve night."

"Two systems (are) coming in from the west," Walker said. A cold front will come through Saturday night into Sunday morning, and there will be a wave moving along the fronts Sunday night into early Monday.

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A mix of rain and snow Christmas Eve night might end in some accumulation of snow, he said. 

Most of northeast and northwest Pennsylvania will see a coating to 2 inches, but east of Chambersburg won’t see much on Christmas Day, said Paul Head, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

Walker and Head both confirm there will be rain beginning Friday night and continuing into Saturday.

Head said the rain would be fairly substantial — half an inch to an inch — and will "make mud in the farmers' fields."

Temperatures will be in the low 50s on Saturday, dropping to 35 degrees that night and rising again to the low 40s during the day on Christmas Eve.

Head said it will be "really nice on Saturday despite the rain."

"After that, the bottom drops out," he said.

Temperatures will be in the 30s Sunday night into Christmas Day, and then they will drop to highs in the 20s — a "deep freeze," he said.

Walker said the area will see a cold weather pattern the first couple of days after Christmas. Tuesday will have a high of 34 and Wednesday a high of 37.

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"No storminess at this point," he said. 

Head predicts a snowstorm on the East Coast by the middle or end of next week. Pennsylvania is expected to get a "light dusting," which by Thursday, Dec. 28, could turn into a couple of inches in the York area.

He said temperatures will begin to drop Christmas afternoon.

"By Tuesday, it will be brutal," he said. "Before the new year arrives, we should have plowable snow in York."