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, with at least one inch of snow, at approximately 10%. 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 National Weather Service & AccuWeather both forecast a cloudy Christmas day with a slight chance of rain in the morning and a sunny afternoon reaching into the 50s. The Old Farmer’s Almanac forecasts snowy periods between December 18 and December 28, so a white Christmas isn’t completely off the table—though unlikely. And if no snow falls at Christmas, the Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts a snowstorm to come between December 29-31.
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