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White Christmas

December 5, 2012


  People are already asking me whether we will have a White Christmas this year. With Christmas still 20 days away, the short answer has to be “no one knows”. In weather circles, a “White Christmas” is typically defined as one inch or more of snowcover on Christmas morning.
   The Minnesota State Climatology Office has compiled information on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day snowcover and snowfall.  Their records show that we have a White Christmas in the Twin Cities about 72% of the time.  The last time we did not have a White Christmas in the Twin Cities was last year. We had 4 inches of snow on the ground on December 4th of last year, but that snow melted well before Christmas. Two years ago, we had a whopping 19 inches of snow on the ground on Christmas morning in the Twin Cities.  The deepest snowcover on Christmas morning was 20 inches, back in 1983. You can see Christmas snowcover and snowfall info for the Twin Cities and many other spots in Minnesota at  White Christmas.

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