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Christmas Forecast 2013: Denver Likely To Have a White Christmas, Northeast Not

First Posted: Dec 12, 2013 05:46 PM EST
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Dreaming of a White Christmas? Find out where you can expect a wintry weather forecast inside! 

The Weather Channel's online website has released a map of where they anticipate a White Christmas can be expected this year, and while the Rockies are looking like they'll be seeing a White Christmas with every Christmas card they write, the Northeast -- despite its recent rash of snowy weather -- may not be so lucky.

In the world of meteorological statistics, a White Christmas is defined as having at least one inch of snow on the ground on Christmas morning. No snow has to fall on Christmas Day for this, of course. If you want an almost guaranteed White Christmas, you must head north or to a ski resort in the Rockies. The probability of a White Christmas is near 100 percent in Marquette, Mich. and International Falls, Minn. The chances are nearly as high in Caribou, Maine (97 percent).

Perhaps the first thing you might notice is the chances are just 50 percent or less in many large cities that typically see significant snow in the winter. This includes Boston (23 percent), New York City (10 percent), Pittsburgh (33 percent), Cleveland (50 percent), Chicago (40 percent), St. Louis (23 percent) and Denver (50 percent).

The largest metro area with the highest probability according to NOAA is Minneapolis/St. Paul at 73 percent.

The map below, released by NOAA, shows the historical probability of White Christmases across the United States. Unsurprisingly, the South and the Southeast are the least likely to get White Christmases, and the Midwest is the most likely to get a Winter Wonderland for December 25th. Of course, these predictions don't ALWAYS come to pass, as states such as Texas, who don't normally see White Christmases, have seen its fair share of snow. (The town of Brazoria got a staggering 13 inches of snow on Christmas 2004!)

Do you think you'll have a White Christmas in your area?

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