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Christmas Weather in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Area

Based on records from 1955 to 2005 from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport

Christmas Normals:
  • Average high temperature = 34°F
  • Average low temperature = 21°F
Christmas Snow:
  • 39% of Christmas days have an inch or more of snow on the ground (or about 2 out of every 5 years)
  • 24% of Christmas days have an inch or more of snowfall (or about 1 in every 4 years)
  • 63% of Christmas days see a trace of snowfall (or about 3 out of every 5 years)
Christmas Extremes:

Highest Maximum Temperature
 TempYear
1.62°F1964
2.60°F1979
3.56°F1982
4.53°F1965
5.48°F2005
Highest Minimum Temperature
 TempYear
1.45°F1964
2.41°F1987
3.41°F1979
4.38°F1986
5.37°F1972
Lowest Maximum Temperature
 TempYear
1.4°F1983
2.8°F1980
3.12°F1968
4.16°F1958
5.17°F2000
Lowest Minimum Temperature
 TempYear
1.-7°F1980
2.-7°F1969
3.-5°F1983
4.5°F1968
5. 6°F2000


Most Snowfall on Christmas Day
  1. 15.0 inches in 2002
  2. 2.6 inches in 1993
  3. 2.2 inches in 1978
  4. 2.1 inches in 1985
  5. 1.5 inches in 1975
Most Snow on Ground on Christmas Day
  1. 13* inches in 2002* Estimated
  2. 12 inches in 1969
  3. 8 inches in 1966
  4. 6 inches in 1963 and 1961
Two-day Snowfall (Christmas Eve /Christmas Day)
  1. 15.0 inches in 2002
  2. 6.9 inches in 1966
  3. 5.5 inches in 1961
  4. 4.1 inches in 1978
  5. 3.0 inches in 1980
Liquid Equiv. Precipitation
  1. 0.89 inches in 2002
  2. 0.62 inches in 1965
  3. 0.57 inches in 2005
  4. 0.56 inches in 1979
  5. 0.38 inches in 1978

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