Christmas Climatology

 

Christmas Temperature Averages and Extremes
 

Normal High Temp

(1980-2010)

Record High Temp

Normal Low Temp

 (1980-2010)

Record Low Temp

Record Daily Snowfall

Minneapolis/St. Paul Area
 25°
51° (1922)
 10°
-39° (1879)

9.6 inches (1945)

St. Cloud, MN
 22°
47° (1922)
 4°
-26° (2000)

4.2 inches(1950)

Redwood Falls, MN
 23°
49° (1999)
 5°
-18° (2000)
     unavailable
Eau Claire, WI
 24°
45° (1994)
 8°
-27° (1968)

3.2 inches (1957)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Note:  Records from above sites span varying periods of length. 

 

 

Christmas Snow Depth Extremes

 Minneapolis/St. Paul

Rank

Snow Depth

Year

1.

20 in.

1983

2.

 19 in. 

2010

3.

18 in.

1996

4.

15 in.

1968

5.

14 in.

1969

5 (tie)

14 in.

1950

5 (tie)

14 in.

1945

White Christmas Probabilities

   In central and southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin, most areas will have a "White Christmas."  The graphic below sheds some light on what the probabilities of such an event are across the area.  This was created from historical data by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). It reflects the chance, or probability, of a white Christmas based on observed conditions from past 30 years, with  a "white" Christmas being defined as having 1 inch or more of snow on the ground. As you can see from the graphic below, the chance for a white Christmas for most of Minnesota and Wisconsin is greater than 60 percent, with enhanced probabilities (over 90 percent) across the northern portions of both states. To see more detailed climatology for Christmas in Minnesota from the Minnesota State Climatologist’s office, click here.

Current Snow Depth:  

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    Graphical

 

Christmas Forecast   

Forecast Low Temperatures

Forecast HighTemperatures

 



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