I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas
By Sam Kantrow on January 12, 2012, 12:00am
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So the stockings are hung and you’ve decked the halls, but something’s still missing here…and it’s not Grandma’s fruitcake. Nothing put you in the Christmas mood quite like a blanket of freshly fallen snow. But have you ever wondered what the chance for a white Christmas is in Connecticut? Our WXedge meteorologists have put together a map so you can pinpoint the chance at your hometown. Unfortunately, depending on where you live, you may have a better chance for a brown Christmas instead of a white one.
This map is compiled based on the fact that there is at least one inch of snow on the ground on December 25th. It doesn’t necessarily mean that it must snow on Christmas Day. A storm from a week before could have dumped over a foot of snow, and if it sticks around until the 25th, boom we have a White Christmas.
Connecticut’s official weather records are taken from Bridgeport and Hartford. These of course, represent the shoreline and inland spots in the state. The probability of 1” of snow on the ground in Bridgeport is only 30%, while Hartford’s chance is 57%. At 5” of snow, Bridgeport’s probability is just 10% and Hartford is 23%. Just for the hell of it, the probability of 10” in Hartford is 3%, and for Bridgeport, well…it’s nonexistent.
However, a quick trip to upstate New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, or Maine shoots your chances of a White Christmas up to 75% or higher, even up to almost 90%+. That’s gotta jingle your bells a little bit. Looking for other places around the country with high chances? Try northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, or many high elevation places in the Rockies.