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This winter scene could once again be common, if a series of winter storms materialize as forecast in the next two to three weeks. 

Snow could start as early as Monday; more will arrive Thursday and into next week

Finally, it might begin to look like winter again this coming week and the next with a series of light to moderate storms likely, according to recent forecasts.

Mammoth forecaster Howard Sheckter, who has been predicting a snowy mid-December for weeks, thinks finally, the pattern changes he has been anticipating are coming together for a white, snowy Christmas season. 

"Everything is coming together nicely... for this Thursday into Friday with moderate snowfall amounts possible," he said this weekend. Even better, there is likely a lot more snow on the way the next week, with another, larger storm on the way between about Dec. 12-15, he said.

This is welcome news after a completely dry November and a winter season so far with only one decent storm; the big wet storm of mid-October.

"Storm door opens to the Pacific on the 13th (of December) with a three-day dump for several feet of snow through the 15th," he said. "These are cold storms as a cross polar flow develops Week 2 over the North Pacific."

Beyond that, there could be even more snow for the Christmas holiday week.

"Further retrogression is expected later... into Week 3, with a warm sector ahead of cold storms," he said. "Christmas week looks great as... models are coming into more agreement."

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