What Are Our Chances For A White Christmas?

By: WITN Weather
By: WITN Weather

A White Christmas can be a rare site in eastern North Carolina.

I've been getting a lot of questions recently about our chances for a White Christmas.  We don't see much snow in our area and eastern North Carolina gets much less than the western part of the state.  Snowflakes have always been a rare sight for us but around Christmas it seems almost impossible.  We did get a major snow in 1989, making it the only true White Christmas for nearly all areas along and east of Interstate 95 within the last 100 years.  The Washington/Greenville area received 8 to 10 inches of snow while areas closer to the coast got even more.  Believe it or not, the Raleigh area did not get more than flurries out of the storm.  I did check the records and there were some accounts of a White Christmas back in the 1870s.  The bottom line is that a White Christmas is unlikely again this year but there is always a slight chance.  Next week looks mild through Wednesday.  In fact, we could see temperatures in the middle to upper 60s on Monday through Wednesday.  Some cooler air will arrive later next week but will the cold air get here in time to give us a chance of snow before Christmas?   For those of us who want one, maybe we should cross our fingers and hope for the best.

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  • by Elaine Location: Pantego on Dec 17, 2008 at 01:49 PM
    I will always remember the White Christmas of 1989. That's when my son was born - the day after Christmas. I remembered how much it snowed that Christmas Eve day but we still managed to get to the hospital. What a beautiful Christmas that was - in many ways!!

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