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How unlikely is a white Christmas in this area?

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Don't get your hopes up for a white Christmas this year. Not only is there a zero percent chance of snow in the forecast, but the historical chance of snow in the area on Christmas is near zero.

The last time the area had a white Christmas was 1989, when anywhere from 10 to 18 inches were on the ground Christmas morning after an unusually strong storm system moved across Florida and the Carolinas. The storm actually resulted in the first white Christmas on record from northeastern Florida to North Carolina. The storm left record low temperatures in its wake on Christmas day as temperatures dipped down to at or near zero degrees while highs only reached the teens.

With the one exception, a measurable amount of snow has not occurred on Christmas Day in northeast South Carolina or southeast North Carolina. In fact, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that, statistically, our area has about a zero to ten percent chance of greater than one inch of snow on Christmas day.

The WMBF News Storm Team is forecasting an average winter-like day for the area on Christmas, with lows in the low 30s and highs in the mid-50s.

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