Will We Have a White Christmas in Westchester?

Based on historical climate data, there's a pretty good chance we will. But just how good?

Photo Credit: NOAA, Climate.gov
Photo Credit: NOAA, Climate.gov
By Gary Jeanfaivre

It's a bit early for a forecast for Dec. 25, but it's not too soon to guess if we'll have a white Christmas!

And a map created by NOAA offers some data-backed insight into just how likely it is that there will be snow on the ground when jolly old St. Nick comes tumbling down your chimney with a bag full of presents.

While it's a pretty much foregone conclusion that there will be snow come Christmas day in places like northern Maine, upstate New York and, as the NOAA says, pretty much anywhere in Idaho, Westchester is a bit more unpredictable.

We are in New England, after all, where the weather seems to change faster than Santa's sleigh travels on Christmas Eve.

Based on about three decades of climate data, there appears to be a 51 to 75 percent chance of a white Christmas. Yeah, that's quite a range! 

It probably comes as no surprise that those near the coast fall on the lower end of the probability range.

For the purposes of this probability map, it's worth noting that the NOAA considers a white Christmas one inch of snow on the ground at 6 a.m on Dec. 25.


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