York slated for its warmest Christmas Eve ever

Jessica Schladebeck

Those dreaming of a white Christmas can dream on.

Steve Myers, owner of Sweet Treats, hands Joan Williams, a resident at Senior Commons at Powder Mill, a cherry Italian Ice, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015.  Myers gave out 75 servings of ice cream and Italian Ice to residents there before heading to Rest Haven to do the same. (John A. Pavoncello - The York Dispatch)

York County, along with the majority of the East Coast, is looking at its warmest Christmas Eve to date, with the promise of rain puddles instead of snow banks.

"We're looking at a high temperature into the low 70s, which would pretty much obliterate the record," said Brian Edwards, a meteorologist with AccuWeather. "We're going to jump past that by about five to 10 degrees.

The warmest Christmas Eve on record in York was in 1990, with a high temperature of 63 degrees, Edwards said.

The day will start off with scattered showers and light rain, which will taper off in the evening hours, he said, leaving York with a cloudy Christmas Eve and a low temperature of around 50.

Christmas day will start off cloudy with the possibility of rain later on in the day, and while it will be cooler — with a high temperature in the lower 60s — the temperature will still be pretty mild, Edwards said.

The weekend and into next week will mimic the weather patterns of Christmas day, with scattered rain and "temperatures well above normal," he said.

Cause: "Where it's warm in one place it's got to be cold in another," Edwards said. "So out West it's been much colder than average. They've been getting a lot more snow out there."

The warmth is a result of high pressure over the Atlantic, he said, which is forcing air off the gulf of Mexico up the East Coast.

"We have this southerly flow for days on end bringing up all the moisture and then all the warm air from the gulf," he said.

— Reach Jessica Schladebeck at jschladebeck@yorkdispatch.com.