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Here Are The Odds Of A White Christmas In NYC This Year

By Bianca Bahamondes

Here Are The Odds Of A White Christmas In NYC This Year
With the flurries of snow we’ve seen on and off this season it’s not crazy to hope for a beautiful, white Christmas. However,aside from flurries, NYC hasn’t seen too much snow yet as we had by this time last year. So what are the actual odds of snow falling on Christmas Day? Here’s the answer.

There’s nothing quite as beautiful as New York City under a blanket of white fluffy snow. Sure, the days following the snow are borderline miserable with black slush crowding the sidewalks and the pain of having to shovel it, but there’s no denying the magical feeling of waking up to a snowy white Christmas. Thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association we know the odds… but they aren’t too good.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association created a map based on three decades of data ranging from the average temperatures, precipitation, and other climate variables. It puts our chances of a white Christmas, at least one inch of snow, at between 10 and 12%. Check out the map below:

The map goes from grey (no chance of snow) to white (guaranteed snow), it shows Brooklyn has 10% chance of an inch of snow on December 25, Central Park at 11% and La Guardia at 12%.

If you’re interested in exploring the historical data for yourself WNYC has a handy interactive chart, check it out:


The Old Farmer’s Almanac forecasts it to snow between December 24 and December 31, so a white Christmas isn’t completely off the table—though unlikely. AccuWeather is forecasting December 25 to be partially sunny with a high of 43 degrees Fahrenheit with only potential flurries in the evening.

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