Will we have a white Christmas this year?

22News Storm Team Meteorologist Nick Bannin looks at the chances for a white Christmas.

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Now that many of you have had your turkey, attention turns to Christmas!

In a little more than a month it will be Christmas Day. There is a definition for a white Christmas. You have to have 1″ or more of snow on the ground on Christmas Day.

This doesn’t mean it actually has to snow on Christmas Day though. Looking at the current snow depth around western Massachusetts there is a lot of snow in the Berkshires. In fact, some places have a foot of it on the ground. With that much snow on the ground now, the chances for a white Christmas are higher.

History can help give us a rough idea about the future. Historically 41-50 percent of Christmas days are white in the lower Pioneer Valley, so a little less than half of Christmas’.

However, to the north and west of the lower Pioneer Valley Christmas’ are more likely than not to be white with close to 90 percent of Christmas’ in northern Berkshire County having 1″ or more of snow on the ground.

As far as this Christmas, not necessarily the news that some snow lovers would want to see. The climate prediction center expects higher chances for warmer than normal temperatures in December.

That doesn’t mean that there won’t be enough cold and snow for a white Christmas, but we’ll have to keep tracking it as we head toward Christmas Day.

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