Will it be a white Christmas?

Historical Probability of a White Christmas

It's no surprise, there's a near zero-percent chance that Florida will have a white Christmas, but what about other parts of the country?

Certain parts of the country have a much better chance of having snow for the holiday. Variables such as latitude, temperature and climate, and elevation play a big role in "typical" snow cover around the holiday season. For instance, the tall mountains of the western US and chilly northeast have a much higher likelihood of having snow on the ground for Christmas, than the warmer southern states. As you may have guessed, south Florida is in the "very unlikely" end of that spectrum, as it hardly ever even gets cold enough for snow to fall...much less accumulate on the ground!

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a great map and overview to show the areas in the country that are least and most likely to have a white Christmas- check out that image in the photos above. They define a "white Christmas" as have an inch or more of snow on the ground on Christmas Day. It doesn't necessarily have to be snowing to call it such.

There is some snow in the forecast between now and Christmas Day. Snow will likely fall heavily for the mountains in the western United States through the weekend, and the Great Lakes and Northeast get a few inches as well. You can check the forecast for any location in the country by simply typing in the zip code here on the weather page of Of course, for local impacts and exact snow totals, be sure to check with your local media or National Weather Service office forecasts.