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What Are Your Chances of a White Christmas?

This map shows the historic probability of there being at least 1-inch of snow on the ground in the Lower 48 states on December 25 (Source NOAA) This map shows the historic probability of there being at least 1-inch of snow on the ground in the Lower 48 states on December 25 (Source NOAA)

So are you dreaming of a White and snowy Christmas in the Low Country and Coastal Empire? Wishing for a repeat of 1989 when Savannah and our local area got a taste of snow on Christmas? Well… as you know… don't bet on it I'm sorry to say.

Minnesota. Maine. Upstate New York. The Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Practically anywhere in Idaho. And of course, the Rockies or the Sierra Nevada Mountains. These are the places where weather history suggests you want to be if you're looking for the best chance of a white Christmas.

The map at left shows the historic probability of there being at least 1-inch of snow on the ground in the Lower 48 states on December 25 based on the latest (1981-2010) US climate normals from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center. Dark gray shows places where the probability is less than 10 percent, while white shows probabilities greater than 90 percent.

The 1981–2010 climate normals are the latest three-decade averages of several climatological measurements. This dataset contains daily and monthly normals of temperature… precipitation… snowfall… heating and cooling degree days… frost/freeze dates and growing degree days calculated from observations at approximately 9,800 stations operated by NOAA's National Weather Service.

While the map shows the climatological probability that a snow depth of at least one inch will be observed on December 25… the actual conditions this year may vary widely from these probabilities because the weather patterns present will determine the snow on the ground or snowfall on Christmas day. These probabilities are useful as a guide only to show where snow on the ground is more likely.

If you would like to keep track of the snowfall across the United States on a daily basis… see the NCDC's US daily snowfall map at…

http://gis.ncdc.noaa.gov/maps/snowfall.map?view=daily

And of course get the latest StormTeam 3 weather details at....

www.wsav.com/weather

Have a great day and happy holidays... Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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