Dec. 24: The last of 5 consecutive days that the temperature remained below zero occurred on
this day in 1983 for Chadron, Alliance and Scottsbluff. Cheyenne warmed above zero
in the late evening on this day due to Chinook winds, and ended Cheyenne longest
recorded streak of below zero temperatures at 120 hours.
A winter storm brought 18.2 inches of snow to Laramie on this day in 1982, while
Cheyenne received 5.5 inches.
Dec. 25: Dreaming of a white Christmas? Unfortunately, it is not common in this area. Cheyenne
has recorded measurable snow on this day in 23 years out of 128, or 18% of the time.
Cheyenne has recorded at least an inch of snow only 8 years out of 125, or 6.4% of the
time. It’s even less in Scottsbluff, where measurable snow has fallen on Christmas day 14
years out of 119, or 12% of the time, and at least an inch has fallen only 4 times out of
119, just 3.3% of the time. The last time it snowed on Christmas day in Cheyenne was in
2007 while in Scottsbluff and Kimball it was in 2009.
Your chances for a white Christmas improve if you count snow on the ground, regardless
of whether or not it snows. In that case, Cheyenne has had at least ½ inch of snow on the
ground on Christmas Day 23 times out of 65, or about 35% of the time. Scottsbluff has had
at least a half inch of snow on the ground on this day 37 out of 100 times, or 37% of the
The last time there was at least an inch of snow on the ground on Christmas Day in
Cheyenne was just last year in 2011. In Scottsbluff it was in 2009.
Dec. 26: Today is one of the least likely days in the season to get significant snow over the eastern
plains of Wyoming and the Nebraska panhandle. Record daily snowfalls for today are
only about 2 inches for most locations in that area.
Dec. 27: It can get warm around here in December. Scottsbluff recorded its warmest day on
record for December on this day in 1980 with a high of 77 degrees.
A regional snowstorm produced 7.9 inches of snow in Scottsbluff and 7.2 inches in
Cheyenne on this day in 1987, while 11.6 inches of snow covered Cheyenne on this
day in 1979.
Dec. 28: On this day in 1998 Cheyenne recorded a top wind gust of 75 mph.
Dec. 29: A strong cold front swept across the area on this day in 1923. After highs around 50
Degrees, temperatures fell around 50 degrees during the late afternoon and evening to
lows by midnight around zero.
Dec. 30: A nice 6.0 inch snowfall covered Cheyenne on this day in 1947, while Scottsbluff was
coated with 7.5 inches of snow on this day in 1931.
The 1923 cold wave settled over much of the region with most areas remaining either
below zero or in the single digits above zero. After a high of 49 on the 29th, Cheyenne
bottomed out at -21 on this day, a 70 degree temperature drop.
Dec. 31: High winds struck parts of far southeast Wyoming on this day in 2008. Cheyenne
recorded a peak gust of 71 mph, which is the only time since February 3, 1999 that
Cheyenne had had a wind gust of at least 70 mph..
A winter storm closed out 1975 over parts of the region on this day. Laramie was buried
under a foot of snow while Douglas received 11.5 inches. Scottsbluff recorded 10.9
inches of snow while 9 inches fell near Wheatland.
Cheyenne initially recorded its lowest December temperature on record on this day in
1923 with a low of 28 degrees below zero. Since then it has been equaled on December
21st of 1983 and 1990, and on December 22nd of 1989 and 1990.Return to News Archive