White Christmas Chances

What are the chances that you will see a white Christmas? (snow depth of greater than or equal to 1 inch)

Now that we are firmly embedded within the holiday season, the most common weather-related question that we get this time of year is "Will we see a White Christmas?"  Below are four resources can help you take a look at that for yourself.  They are as follows:

Upper left:  The historical probability of a white Christmas.  For the Detroit area, the probability is around 50%, or about every other year

Upper right:  The National Snowfall Analysis depicts current snowcover and is updated daily

Lower leftOur local snowfall analysis based on observations from our COOP Network

Lower right:  A more research oriented-approach with searchable historical data

Of course, it is recommended that you also keep in touch with your local NWS forecast by entering your zip code (top left of the page), especially since the prospects for snowfall on either side of the Christmas holiday appear to be increasing.


Historical Probability of a White Christmas

National Snow Anaylsis


Cooperative Network Snow Depth (inches)

Courtesy of Midwestern Regional Climate Center

U.S. Snow Monitoring Snowfall Maps

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