This is where we were last Christmas. This year it's a different story. Although it was below freezing for two days earlier in the week, a sharp warm up is on the way. We did have another round of freezing rain yesterday morning causing some 200 wrecks in the metro area. 50s will be the rule on Christmas with maybe 70 and severe weather on Friday. Then the roller coaster returns with another cool down. Christmas will be warm in the entire south this year. All the West is the big snow. Portland, OR has received more than a foot of snow and several inches have fallen in Seattle. We can now only dream of a White Christmas. It will be cold enough this evening to have a small fire and watch the greatest Christmas movie of all-time .... National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.