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Top Five Strangest Places It’s Snowed on Christmas

25 Dec 2014, 10:07 am

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Having a white Christmas from the Northeast to the Intermountain West is a pretty common occurrence. The people in those areas are used to trudging through snow and navigating slushy roads on the way to celebrate the holidays with family and friends.

But in the southern tier of the country, White Christmases are usually just seen from pictures on social media and belted out in Christmas songs.

That said, there have been some instances where Old Man Winter brought a frigid Christmas surprise to places that otherwise wouldn’t have a White Christmas.

Here are the top five weirdest White Christmases:

#5 — 2008 Pacific Northwest Snowstorm

2008 was a record snow year for parts of the Pacific Northwest — especially the Seattle area and Christmas day was no different. With cold temperatures in place an snow from a previous storm on the ground, two to four inches of snow fall in the city on Christmas. Total snow depth in western Washington ranged from six inches to more than a foot. In the last 25 years, there have only been two white Christmases in Seattle; one in 1990 and the other in 2008.

It looks like there’s a slight chance for some snow in the region this Christmas as well. Some of the higher elevations in the Cascades and Olympic mountains could get some snow this year, too.

#4 — 1989 Florida/Deep South Snowstorm

Two things that generally don’t go together: The beach and snow. But a snow event on Christmas Eve, in 1989, brought those two elements together in spectacular fashion. Snow fell in places like Charleston, S.C., Savannah, Ga. and Jacksonville, Fla.

The massive winter storm, which dropped snow on Dec. 23 and 24 brought up to 20 inches of snow to areas that a more accustomed to palm trees and shorts weather.

Most impressive snow totals:

Savannah, Ga. — 3.6″
Charleston, S.C. — 8″
Cape Hatteras, N.C. — 13.3″
Wilmington, N.C. — 15.3″

#3 — 2010 Deep South Snowfall

A strong system walloped parts of the Deep South with snow and other wintry precipitation on Christmas Day in 2010. Much of the snow started in the afternoon and some significant totals were recorded in a line from Atlanta to Birmingham and points northward. As much as seven inches of snow fell in the north Georgia mountains and parts of northeast Alabama.

Roads in the area were slick and hazardous for days as it stayed cold for quite some time.

#2 — 2009 Oklahoma/Texas Blizzard

This was a massive storm that shattered records on Christmas Eve, with the heaviest bands in and around the Oklahoma City Metro and just to the east of Wichita Falls, Texas. Winds of more than 40-mph and heavy snow made for whiteout conditions and made driving virtually impossible for most of central and southern Oklahoma, as well as parts of North Texas.

More than 13 inches of snow fell at the OKC airport, shattering snowfall records and drifts in the area were reportedly over three feet.

#1 — 2004 South Texas Snowfall

This is by far the strangest snow event, on Christmas, in recent memory. Snowfall, as much as a foot was recorded from the U.S./Mexico Border (about and inch) to near Galveston, Texas. The highest amounts were recorded in Victoria, Texas — 10 inches of snow fell in the city.

Meteorologist Alan Raymond

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