There is an actual definition of what it takes to be a White Christmas and it doesn’t look good for Northeast Ohio this year

Statistically we have about a 30% chance every year of a White Christmas

There is an actual definition of what it takes to be a White Christmas and it doesn’t look good for Northeast Ohio this year
In any given year, Northeast Ohio has about a 30% chance of having a white Christmas. This year doesn't look good.

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - There is an actual definition of a White Christmas as determined by the American Meteorological Society and the main requirement is that at least an inch of snow has to be on the ground at some point Dec. 25.

There is an actual definition of what it takes to be a White Christmas and it doesn’t look good for

It doesn’t have to snow that inch on Christmas day, it just simply must be on the ground from previous snowfalls.

For Northeast Ohio, the official measurement is taken at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

According to Cleveland 19 Meteorologist Samantha Roberts, it doesn’t look good this year.

The warmer than usual December weather continues.

There is a chance for some snow east on Thursday, Dec. 20 into Friday but that means it needs to be an inch or more, and needs to stick around until Dec. 25.

Roberts gave the west of the Cleveland area just about zero chance of a White Christmas -- downtown maybe a 20 percent chance and the East side has about a 30 percent chance.

Roberts also said there is an early weather model that could show some snow late in the day on Christmas.

Cleveland 19 Meteorologist Jon Loufman has covered his share of holiday snowfalls and has given some historical perspective:

  • With 3 inches of snow on the ground and a high of 28 degrees on Christmas Day 2017, last year was our first white Christmas since 2013.   
  • Our longest spell without a  White Christmas occurred when we went for eight years between 1936 and  1943 without a single white Christmas. (Thank goodness for Irving Berlin!) 
  • Before 2017, when we received .6 inches of snow on Dec. 25, the last time it had snowed on Christmas Day was in 2003 when 2.3 inches of celestial, white  wonder fell from the sky. 
  • Our whitest Christmas day snowfall came courtesy of the 10.2 inches that  snowed in many of us sixteen years ago on Christmas Day 2002. 
  • “What to our wondering eyes should appear” on Christmas Day 1995 and 2004?  Both found us  blanketed in 13 inches of snow, most of which had fallen just a day or two before Christmas. 
  • Our coldest Christmas was in 1983 when we started the morning at 10 below zero before soaring to one degree above.
  • Our warmest Christmas was in 1932 when our low was 35 degrees and we topped out at a toasty 65 degrees.

Because you asked about a white Christmas.... Statistically, our chances for a "White Christmas" are about 30%. And,...

Posted by Jon Loufman on Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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