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By Alastair Jamieson

The Rockies and the central Plains are the only areas likely to see a white Christmas this year, forecasters said Sunday as unseasonably warm temperatures prevent snow from accumulating.

The persistently warm East and Midwest, along with a cold, wet West, are setting the table for what Americans can expect on Christmas morning, The Weather Channel said.

It means this Christmas may have the least snow cover in New England in at least 13 years.

The El Nino effect means few will see a white Christmas in 2015.Weather Channel

Forecasting models predict some snow streaking into the central Plains on Christmas Eve into Christmas Day, with flakes settling as far as eastern Colorado through to southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

However, snow elsewhere could melt before Christmas morning as another round of widespread warmth is likely to melt most of it away.

Meteorologists define a "white Christmas" as one on which there is at least 1 inch of snow on the ground on Christmas morning.