(WFRV) – As the snow continues to fall late Thursday and temperatures begin to drop, it is almost without question that northeast Wisconsin will experience a white Christmas this year!

While it seems like Christmas just isn’t the same without snow on the ground, history tells us that having a white Christmas might not happen nearly as often as you might imagine.

By definition, to have a white Christmas, a location needs to measure a snow depth of at least 1″. Let’s take a look back and see how often communities across our area reach that threshold.

Green BayAppletonManitowocAntigo
Snow depth records start date1893190118981935
% of Christmas days with at least 1″ of snow69%73%62%83%
Greatest snow depth on Christmas Day18″ in 198517″ in 200818″ in 195117″ in 1983
Average snow depth on Christmas Day3.3″3.8″3.0″5.6″
Most recent white Christmas5″ in 20171″ in 20193″ in 20172″ in 2021

This will more than likely be Green Bay’s and Manitowoc’s first white Christmas in five years. While it will be Appleton’s first since it just barely reached the threshold for a white Christmas back in 2019.

Some may find it surprising that parts of northeast Wisconsin only have a white Christmas around 70% of the time.