Posted: Dec 23, 2020 / 6:26 PM EST / Updated: Dec 23, 2020 / 6:28 PM EST CLARKSBURG, W.Va.- If you dream of a white Christmas, you get a rainy Christmas Eve and chilly Christmas Day with him. Showers will begin Thursday morning from a large cold front sweeping the nation. This brings in moisture, then cold air to produce snow after a few rains. The rain will become heavy after lunch with showers and showers throughout the afternoon. Up to an inch of rain will fall throughout our Christmas Eve. Larger amounts of rain will be with us to the north and west as a flash flood watch is scheduled for Garrett County, Md. On Thursday. Along with the rain, the wind gusts will be strong on Christmas Eve with gusts of up to 45 MPH. These damaging gusts of wind can cause power outages and downed power lines as the front moves with the cold air causing the transition to snow and cold. Temperatures will drop from the 1950s to the 20s on Thursday night, causing slippery and icy roads on top of dangerous travel as rain turns to snow. Traveling will become difficult on Christmas Eve after dinner throughout the region, as the weather becomes more dangerous as the night progresses. Thursday night slippery and icy roads, dangerous trips and lots of black ice will be brought in. As Santa Claus crosses north central West Virginia we will see lots of snow with a few heavy groups overnight. The snow will weaken on Christmas morning, but it will certainly be advisable to stay at home to open the presents under the Christmas tree while warming up while eating roasted chestnuts by the fire. Temperatures will be in the 20s for Christmas morning in the lowlands and teens in the high altitudes. However, with a cold wind and the snow keeping the cold, the wind chill or the feeling that temperatures will be mostly single digits on Friday morning. On Friday afternoon, temperatures will be below zero east of I-79 for the higher elevations. This is because of the cold air, blustery winds, and upward snow showers that continue across the northern half of the mountain state. By the time it stops snowing here in north central West Virginia we will likely see 3-6 “for the majority of the area. The foothills and higher elevations of Tucker, Randolph, Upshur counties, Webster, Pocahontas, Braxton, Lewis and Pendleton will likely see 6-8 inches, but could potentially see up to ten inches of snow. This forecast is valid as of 6 pm Wednesday. Regardless of snowfall, the impacts of this system will make us want to stay indoors for our Christmas vacation. Wet roads and flooding are possible Thursday morning and afternoon, but things will turn the end of winter Christmas Eve into Christmas Day. Ice, Frigid air, gusts of wind and snow will cause slippery roads and dangerous journeys throughout your Christmas Eve night and Christmas Day. If you plan to drive in the snow, here are some tips to help you on your way: Tips for driving in the snow Stay at home. Only go out if necessary. … Drive slowly. … Accelerate and decelerate slowly. … Increase your next distance to five to six seconds. … Know your brakes. … Don’t stop if you can avoid it. … Don’t go up hills. … Don’t stop going up a hill. Be sure to send your snow and wind reports to the StormTracker 12 weather team on Facebook, Twitter, the StormTracker 12 app on Android and Apple devices, wboy.com, or by email at weather @ wboy.com! .