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White Christmas Odds Are High in the North & West

20 Dec 2016, 2:12 pm

With 54% of the country currently having snow cover, the chances of seeing a white Christmas in areas you would expect are high this year. The Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and Western mountains currently have snow on the ground and that is unlikely to change before December 25th. More information on the current snowpack across the United States can be found on a daily basis from the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center’s National Snow Analyses.

The map above depicts which areas typically have the chance of being a winter wonderland on Christmas, according to weather history. Find an interactive version here. The “Historical Probability of a White Christmas” map shows the climatological probability of at least 1 inch of snow being on the ground on December 25 in the contiguous United States. On the map, dark gray shows places where the probability is less than 10 percent, while white shows probabilities greater than 90 percent.

Top Cities with a 100% Chance:

❄ Marquette, MI
❄ Sault Ste Marie, MI
❄ Hibbing, MN
❄ International Falls, MN
❄ Stampede Pass, WA

Probabilities for the top 20 cities in the U.S.:

❄ New York, NY – 10%
❄ Los Angeles, CA – 0%
❄ Chicago, IL – 40%
❄ Houston, TX – 0%
❄ Philadelphia, PA – 10%
❄ Phoenix, AZ – 0%
❄ San Antonio, TX – 0%
❄ San Diego, CA – 0%
❄ Dallas, TX – 0%
❄ San Jose, CA – 0%
❄ Austin, TX – 0%
❄ Jacksonville, FL – 0%
❄ San Francisco, CA – 0%
❄ Indianapolis, IN – 30%
❄ Columbus, OH – 23%
❄ Fort Worth, TX – 0%
❄ Charlotte, NC – 0%
❄ Detroit, MI – 50%
❄ El Paso, TX – 0%
❄ Seattle, WA – 7%

More snow is likely to fall in the mountains of the west and across the Great Lakes states, adding to the current snow pack. Temperatures will be above average into Christmas from the Front Range into the Central Plains, which may decrease snow coverage on the ground right now.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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