It's looking very likely that 2012 will have a white Christmas. But that's not always a given. Based on historic records fewer than three out of four Christmases in the Twin Cities are white. The interactive graphic below shows when Christmas has been old-fashioned and when it’s been just basic brown in recent years.
Snow depths of an inch or more on Christmas day.
Percentage chance of a white Christmas based on weather records from 1899 to present.
Sources: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, University of Minnesota