December 25 is just around the corner, and most people are hoping for a White Christmas. Will your hometown be the snowiest?
Take a look at this map, released by NOAA and the National Climatic Data Center, for the probability of a snowy Christmas across the country. On the map, dark gray shows places where the probability is less than 10 percent, while white shows probabilities greater than 90 percent.
While this map is a prediction, it’s not a forecast. Weather can only be predicted a few days in advance. Instead, this map shows the chances of snow in 2017 based on historical snowfall frequency, and averaging weather records over a thirty year period.
Even so, a White Christmas is all but certain in a few cities. Most of Idaho, Minnesota, Maine, Upstate New York, the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and, of course, the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada Mountains all have a high probability of seeing a white Christmas. And, Aspen, Colorado, is just one of about a dozen locations boasting a 100% historical probability of seeing a white Christmas.
Does the map show your city having a White Christmas?