Will it be a white Christmas in central Wisconsin?
WAUSAU (WAOW)-- When Wausau resident Marla Kolbeck thinks of Christmas, she thinks of snow and sleigh rides. But not this year.
"It's sort of disappointing. Having grown up in Wisconsin, I'm kind of used to the snow at Christmas time. It puts me in the Christmas spirit," she said.
The StormTrak 9 team is forecasting a mostly brown Christmas this year.
"A couple of storms will be going across the midsection of the country but it just doesn't look like they're going to turn far enough to the north to bring a white Christmas to our area," said StormTrak 9 meteorologist Justin Loew.
A brown Christmas is rare in central Wisconsin. Since 1931, the National Weather Service reports Wausau has been white 93 percent of the time. The last non-white Christmas was in 2002.
"It's only about once every decade that we wouldn't expect to have a white Christmas," said Loew.
Some people said the prospect of having no snow is disappointing. "I would like a white Christmas, for the effect," said Wausau resident Dan Blaskowski.
But others welcome a mild forecast.
"If we don't have any major snowfalls over the area the next few days, it will be good traveling weather for people traveling to see their family and friends," said Loew.