White Christmas, present and past

  • By: BILL MCAULIFFE and BILLY STEVE CLAYTON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 20, 2012 - 2:56 PM

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

2012 (as of Dec. 20)

Past years

Snow depths of an inch or more on Christmas day.

2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002

Annual chance

Percentage chance of a white Christmas based on weather records from 1899 to present.

Annual chance

Sources: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, University of Minnesota

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