By Brian Lada – AccuWeather
People who are dreaming of a white Christmas across the interior Northwest may see their dreams come true this year as another storm is set to impact the region just in time for the holiday.
A major snowstorm is not expected to unfold for the holidays, but the storm will still bring a blanket of snow to areas east of the Cascade Mountain Range and into part of the Plains.
Those west of the Cascades from Seattle, Washington, through Medford, Oregon, can count on rain rather than snow, washing away the hopes of having a white Christmas.
However, this storm is not expected to bring nearly as much rain as the storm that soaked the region over the weekend.
The storm will begin to impact the region late on Tuesday with rain moving into western Washington before evolving into widespread rain and snow for Wednesday.
This can lead to poor weather for travelers and for the last-minute holiday shoppers rushing out to the stores.
By Christmas Day, the storm will shift over the Rocky Mountains and part of the northern Plains with only spotty rain showers lingering over the Northwest.
This will be the greatest chance for Salt Lake City, Utah; Billings, Montana; Casper, Wyoming; and Rapid City, South Dakota, to pick up a few inches of snow.
People headed out on Thursday in this part of the country should allow for some extra time to reach their destination as the snow can lead to slick roadways and slowed traffic.
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Dry weather is in the forecast in the days following Christmas across both the Northwest and the northern Rockies. This will result in much better travel weather conditions than the days leading up to the holiday.
The only fly in the ointment is the potential for another storm to bring some light rain to the Northwest again over the weekend.