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POTSDAM - Someone must have told Mother Nature today is the first day of winter.

The snow will fly starting this afternoon and through the weekend. However, for most of Northern New York, the past two months have been a lot more green than white.

“So far for the month of December, we’re running 8.1 degrees above normal,” said Buffalo National Weather Service meteorologist Aaron A. Reynolds. “We’re running warm.”

Although the temperatures have risen as high as the upper 60s this month, Burlington NWS meteorologist Brooke O. Tabor says there is a high probability for a white Christmas.

Anywhere from two to eight inches of snow will blanket the north country by the end of the weekend. A winter weather advisory in some parts of the north country warns of wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour from Friday evening to Saturday night, cutting visibility down to a half mile at times. The majority of the snow will hit higher terrain.

“The temperatures behind that, by Sunday, it’ll definitely start feeling like winter,” he said. “Temperatures will drop to the teens on Sunday and in the single digits next week.”

The Weather Channel was predicting Potsdam area would wake up to up to less than an inch of snow on the ground this morning after a wintry mix overnight. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 30s today with periods of rain and snow, with some sleet.

It will mark the beginning of a cool down over the holiday weekend. Forecasters are predicting a high of 17 and low of -1 on Sunday, temperatures ranges of 13 and 0 on Christmas Eve and a high of 17 degrees on Christmas Day.

Snow showers are possible for Thursday as well.

He believes the rest of the month will show above normal temperatures and average precipitation. However, he predicts January will be average, meaning a lot of snow and low temperatures.

“I think that as we go into January, we’ll get a more typical weather pattern across the area,” he said.

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