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Incredibly Rare: A White Christmas & New Year

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The two big holidays of the winter season are already special. Having snow snow for even one of these holidays it makes it that much better. This year, we were lucky enough to have snow falling for both!

Now, everyone has their own definition of what a “white Christmas/New Year” entails. Some want enough snow on the ground to have an all-out snowball war, while others may feel that as long as they see a single flake, it counts. There is no standard definition so I went ahead and decided for us.

My criteria boiled down to having at least a trace of snowfall for both holidays. I also upped the complexity and only chose years that had at least a trace of snowfall all four days of the holiday (Both Christmas and New Years Day and their respective Eves).

I went back through 146 years for this project. It turns out that this is extremely rare. For snow to fall on any given day of the year is not that rare, but when you compare it to three other random days, the chances are incredibly low.



There are only three occasions that we've had at least a trace of snowfall on all four days.

1958-59

1969-70

2017-18

What a treat the weather brought us for the holidays!

-Meteorologist Seth Phillips

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