There is a chance that it may be snowing, but don’t expect a White Christmas this year.

There is a chance that it may be snowing, but don’t expect a White Christmas this year.

“There’ll still be grass showing,” said Jonathan Kurtz, National Weather Service meteorologist based in Springfield.

Kurtz said that the wintry mix, which was expected to hit the area after midnight this morning, would come through with a rain mix, then a snow/sleet mix, before a shift to snow around 5-6 a.m.

All told, Kurtz said the area can expect a “glazing” of ice with perhaps a 1/2 inch of snow, although he said that estimate “would be generous at best.”

“This isn’t going to be a significant storm,” Kurtz said. “The only reason it’s significant is because of the date. Anyone driving to work on Christmas Eve should be aware of it, because it could be a little slick out there.”

He did say that the storm could be a bit worse to the north, near Kansas City, but not by much. Kansas City is forecast to have maybe a 1/2 inch to an inch of snow.

“It’s not going to be exciting,” Kurtz said.

Furthermore, Kurtz said there is a chance of some flurries on Christmas, but no accumulation is likely.