Dreaming of a White Christmas

December 17, 2001


Provided by: National Climatic Data Center
Summary authors & editors: Martin Ruzek; National Climatic Data Center

Will we have a white Christmas? It's an age-old question that occurs to almost everyone this time of year. The map above from NCDC's new Climate Atlas shows the statistical probability (in percent) that a snow depth of at least 1 inch will be observed on December 25th. Highest probabilities are in northern and mountainous areas of the country. The actual conditions this year may vary widely from these probabilities. So far this season, snow had been scarce in the east but plentiful across parts of the Rockies. The snow on the ground or snowfall on Christmas day will be based on the actual weather pattern during that time.

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