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Is a White Christmas in the cards for Michiana?

If you're sticking around the Michiana area for Christmas, you may be in luck of catching a few snow flakes on the holiday.  The ABC-57 First Warning Neighborhood Weather Team has dug up data dating back to the Christmas of 1893 to find out the probability of seeing a White Christmas this year.

Since 1893, 37% of the years saw recorded snowfall, however the official definition of a "White Christmas" is when at least one or more inches of snow are on the ground.  When putting that into perspective, a White Christmas occurred on 61% of Christmas's since 1893.   

Now looking at the past 30 years, which gives us a little more inclination to what we can expect for this Christmas, 34% of years saw recorded snowfall, while 55% were considered a "White Christmas."

However, if you are making the journey to a distant relatives house for the holiday or taking a nice trip, we also looked up the statistics for a White Christmas on the national level provided by NOAA.  The map to the right labeled "National Probability of a White Christmas," identifies the areas shaded in white as the regions that will definitely see snow on Christmas.  Those areas include Aspen, Colorado, parts of Idaho, Wyoming, Maine, and Vermont to name a few.  Unfortunately (or fortunately if you never dream of a White Christmas), the areas shaded in dark gray are the areas that have zero probability of seeing a single flake on the holiday.

Be sure to check back with ABC-57 First Warning Neighborhood forecast as we get closer and closer to Christmas.  From the ABC57 News Team, we wish you safe travels and a wonderful holiday season.   

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