MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - For those of you who may be dreaming of a white Christmas, the yearly climate map is out depicting who will have the best chance of one this year based on previous years.
The famous “Historical Probability of a White Christmas” map shows the probability of at least one inch of snow being on the ground on Dec. 25 in the United States. On the map below, dark grey shows places where the probability is less than 10%, while the white shows the probabilities greater than 90%.
Based off climate data, if you’re looking for a white Christmas, the best chance will fall in most of Idaho, Minnesota, Maine, Upstate New York, the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and, of course, the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada mountains.
There are about a dozen locations that have a 100% chance of seeing a white Christmas, with one of them being Aspen, Colo.
It’s important to note that this map is based on the climate normals for 1981 through 2010 and should only be used as an average. This does not mean that snow can’t happen in places that are less than 10% on Christmas, it’s just not as likely.
For a more detailed breakdown of the probability of a white Christmas for your location, download the WMBF First Alert Weather App and check the forecast for Christmas for your location seven days out from Christmas.
You can also view the interactive version of the Historical Probability of a White Christmas map.