Dreaming of a White Christmas

Saturday, Dec 25, 2010  |  Updated 8:31 AM CDT
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White Christmas? You betcha! But how much?

White Christmas? You betcha! But how much?

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If it's a White Christmas you wanted, it's a White Christmas you'll get.

Steady flurries fell throughout Chicagoland Christmas Eve, with up to two inches of accumulations expected before it tapers off during the evening hours.

Counties on the southern tip of Lake Michigan will see greater amounts of lake-effect snow on Saturday, with potentially up to 6 inches total by Sunday afternoon. A Lake Effect Snow Advisory was issued and doesn't expire until noon Sunday.

Temperatures will be right around freezing on Christmas Day, Brant Miller says.

It's been 13 years since an inch or more of snow has fallen on Christmas Eve, and 59 years since four inches or more fell on Dec. 24, the Chicago Tribune's weather center reported.

The Department of Streets & Sanitation deployed 174 snow-fighting trucks Friday afternoon to drop salt and plow the main roads and Lake Shore Drive.

For Bears fans at Soldier Field on Sunday, there'll be a good chance of lake effect snow showers.  Temperatures will be in the 20s.

An estimated 85 million Americans will take to the roads and travel at least 50 miles away from home this weekend, according to AAA, just as the national average for a gallon of regular gas tops $3.  

Another seven million people will be taking a plane, train or bus to visit friends and relatives.

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