(WTNH) — One of the most common weather questions we get at this time of the year is “will there be a white Christmas in my town?”. While it’s tough to answer that question when we’re still a couple of weeks before the holiday, we now have a new interactive tool to see the historical odds of a white Christmas in select cities and towns throughout the United States.
In case you’re wondering, it does not have to snow on Christmas for there to be a white Christmas. An official “white Christmas” is defined as having 1″ of snow on the ground on December 25th.
The historical odds of a white Christmas in Connecticut range from over 70% in the NW hills to less than 20% in SE CT. Click on the blue dots on the NOAA interactive map below to see the historical odds of a white Christmas in your area.
So, what about this year?
It’s still a little early to say for sure if there will be a White Christmas in all or part of Connecticut. At this point, it looks like the relatively cold snap that we are in will break by Christmas. So far, the storm track has not been favorable for all-snow events in Connecticut. The weather-maker on the way for this weekend could put down several inches of snow inland before a change to mix/rain. However, the temperature will likely spike into the 50s on Sunday with rain showers, and that may be enough to melt any snow that fell earlier in the weekend.
The early outlook for next week is for dry and chilly weather through midweek, with some rain/snow possible later in the workweek. Right now, I’m leaning more to rain than snow with any weather systems that head our way through Christmas. Remember, I’m just the messenger, and, like most people, I want to see a nice, light accumulation on Christmas Eve or Day! Unfortunately, this year it may not be in the cards.