'White' or 'gray' Christmas in store for Latvia?

The question on everyone's mind this year-end is whether there'll be a white snowy Christmas, or will nature turn all the expected snow into a gray slush mirroring the sky this time of the year.

"The answer is, Christmas will be both white and grey in Latvia. It depends on where you'll be and at what time, as the snow won't hold throughout all the Christmas holidays," says LSM's weather man Toms Bricis. 

"There's a great possibility that the holidays will start out white in most of Latvia," explains Toms as cool air systems are to hand over Latvia over that time period.

A looming warm air system is to hang over Scandinavia, but it's not to reach Latvia before December 25, bringing however a pronounced thaw across the country. 

But, to the point, on December 24 a whopping 15 to 20 cm blanked of snow is expected to cover parts of Vidzeme and Latgale.

While aggregate data suggest that up to December 24 Riga may be covered in ten centimeters of snow. 

However, in Latvia's west, the city of Liepāja has little hope for a generous dose of the white stuff. "In Liepāja, chances are there'll be a gray Christmas," concludes the report.

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