Only rain is expected in Andover from a storm on Wednesday night and Thursday that could drop as much as a foot of snow to the north.
Wednesday night's storm will be "loaded with moisture and energy as well as warm air" and keep it almost entirely rain in Andover, writes WHDH-TV meteorlogist Jeremy Reiner in a blog post on Christmas Day.
It was exactly two years ago - the day after Christmas (Boxing Day) that more than a foot fell on the North Shore.
The precipitation will start between 8-10 p.m. on Thursday and may be snow for a short time to start. Then it will change to rain and a total of 1-2 inches of rain will fall, with gusty winds too on Thursday morning and early afternoon.
A more serious threat of accumulating snow is forecasted for Saturday night and Sunday. Right now, the National Weather service says only that there is a 40 percent chance of "snow," without specifying the expected totals.