(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.
|Snow depth records start date||1893||1901||1898||1935|
|% of Christmas days with at least 1″ of snow||69%||73%||62%||83%|
|Greatest snow depth on Christmas Day||18″ in 1985||17″ in 2008||18″ in 1951||17″ in 1983|
|Average snow depth on Christmas Day||3.3″||3.8″||3.0″||5.6″|
|Most recent white Christmas||5″ in 2017||1″ in 2019||3″ in 2017||2″ 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.