CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Whether you’re flying or driving for the holidays, the weather will be a blessing or a curse.

This is particularly true in the Carolinas, where it could be 70 degrees or below freezing the next minute.

“We’ve been incredibly lucky the last couple of years. It was 68 degrees last Christmas and 74 degrees the Christmas before,” said Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich. “We haven’t had to deal with winter weather in a long time. That could change this year, especially in the eastern half of the country.”

With Christmas looming, the major story from Mother Nature is a big cold front sweeping across the country. Which begs one obvious question: Are we going to see snow?
For those leaving home, snow will always deliver the biggest impact on holiday travel. And not just for those taking to the skies, as major snowstorms can block interstates and bring cars to a halt across the country.

With that cooldown in mind, if you’re going north for Christmas, one word of caution: bring the winter gear with you. It’s going to be cold, particularly in the northeast and upper Midwest.

As for those of you wondering about a white Christmas, you may want to look to the northeast, where the highest chances of Christmas Day snow are. But it could be a significant snowstorm for major travel hubs Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. And when flights get canceled or delayed, the trickle down is felt by everyone.