NYC has had some wacky weather this past year. At this point, we should be used to it, but this abnormally warm December has many holiday-enthusiastic locals wondering if we’ll experience snow this winter at all.
Although we had some very light flurries a few weeks ago, the chance of snow this holiday season is super unlikely.
But can you even remember the last time it REALLY snowed in the city? At this point, a White Christmas in New York City just seems like a figment of our imagination!
According to the National Weather Service, Central Park has not had snow on the ground on Christmas since 2009, when a storm blanketed the region with several inches a few days before the holiday.
NWS New York put together a study pointing out the trend, or lack thereof, of White Christmases in NYC.
It looks like 2002 was the last time any snowflakes fell in New York City on Christmas Day. And those Christmas Days with more than 3 inches of snow on the ground have not happened since the 1960s!
In the past, it was actually more common for New York City to get snow on the day after Christmas.
Back in 2010, a big snowstorm happened on the day after Christmas, blanketing and crippling New York City and much of the Northeast. The city received more than THIRTY inches of snow over two days.
On the day after Christmas in 1947, one of the worst storms ever deemed “The Great Blizzard of 1947” took the city by surprise and dumped more than 2 feet of snow in 24 hours!
Will it snow in New York City this Christmas?
Unfortunately, it’s not looking great for those dreaming of a White Christmas. So far, Monday is expected to be partly cloudy with a high of 51 degrees.
Christmas aside, there may be a silver lining for snow lovers after all. AccuWeather says colder weather could make a comeback just before New Year’s Day and into the first week of January, improving chances for a winter wonderland in the New Year.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated on any upcoming snowstorms!