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A White Christmas?

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas,” the song says. But how about a white weekend before Christmas?

Area residents awoke Saturday morning to find the first real snowfall of the season. By Saturday afternoon, 3 to 4 inches of the fluffy white stuff had covered the ground.

Lawrence County law enforcement agencies reported no major accidents because of the weather. However, utility workers with Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative were called out to restore electric service to an estimated 726 Lawrence County customers who were without power Saturday afternoon.

According to the American Electric Power Web site, an estimated 500 Ironton area AEP customers and 850 Chesapeake area AEP customers were without power Saturday afternoon.

Simone Lewis, meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Charleston, W.Va., said if weather conditions remain constant, the snowfall just may stick around long enough for us to have a white Christmas — maybe.

“We’re not looking at temperatures to vary much from freezing,” Lewis said. “But it depends a lot on a system coming in and how much warm air we get with it.”

The forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of snow showers today with a high near 33 degrees. On Monday, expect a chance of snow showers, mainly before 9 a.m., with a high near 38 degrees. Southwest wind between 5 and 10 mph. On Tuesday the forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and a high near 33 degrees. The forecast calls for a change of rain Wednesday with a high near 39 degrees.

On Thursday, expect a chance of rain and snow with a high near 42 degrees. There is a 50 percent chance of precipitation.

On Christmas day the forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of rain with a high near 42 degrees.