Will the tri-state area see a white Christmas this year?

Christmas is quickly approaching, and the question on everyone’s mind is if we’ll have a white Christmas.

Hope Osemwenkhae

Dec 8, 2023, 9:42 PM

Updated 164 days ago

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Are you hoping for a snowy Christmas? Christmas is quickly approaching, and the question on everyone’s mind is if we’ll have a white Christmas.
A white Christmas is defined as at least 1 inch of snowfall on Christmas Day. Over the last few years, it’s either been unseasonably mild or bitterly cold on Christmas Day.
Central Park, New York, saw its last white Christmas in 2009 with 2 inches of snowfall.
Islip, New York, saw its last white Christmas in 2002 with 8 inches of snowfall.
White Plains, New York, saw its last white Christmas in 1977 with 1.1 inches of snowfall.
Bridgeport, Connecticut, saw its last white Christmas in 1976 with 1.5 inches of snowfall.
Newark, New Jersey, saw its last white Christmas in 2002 with 3.5 inches of snowfall. 
Based on the historical climate data from 1990-2020, the tri-state area has a 5-40% chance of seeing a white Christmas this year.
After coming off of the least snowiest winter on record - with only 2.2inches of snowfall reported in New York City during the winter of 2022-2023 - is there even snow in our near future? Our long-range forecast shows temperatures trending warmer than normal into Christmas weekend. A few flurries have greeted us throughout the month to get us in the holiday spirit, so don’t lose hope yet - Christmas is still a few weeks away.
Your News 12 Storm Watch team of meteorologists has got you covered when there is snow.


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