A band of light snow swept southeast across the region Wednesday night and early this morning, dropping amounts from a trace to around 2 inches. The greater accumulations were across portions of northeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin.
The outlook for a "white" Christmas remains bleak, even in the areas that received around 2 inches of snow, as a dry and relatively warm weather pattern is expected through the holiday weekend. High temperatures will reach or exceed freezing Friday and Saturday, especially in the areas where more snow fell. Much of the snow cover will melt, and thus a "brown" Christmas for most.
A "white" Christmas is considered to be an inch of snow on the ground that morning (or falling that day).
Christmas climate statistics for...
For the local area, climatology indicates a "white" Christmas occurs on 7 to 8 years out of every 10.
The last non-white Christmas occurred in 2006. It was a very mild December with highs that Christmas day in the low to mid 30s. There was no snow on the ground, nor did any fall that day. In fact, lack of snowfall was common place for December of 2006 with La Crosse and Rochester setting records for their least amount of snowfall; La Crosse tied for 1st with only a trace while Rochester had its 5th least snowy December with 0.8 inches.