WHITE CHRISTMAS HISTORY

Every holiday season, children and adults alike, ask the question, "Will we have a White Christmas?" This page will give a history of White Christmases across our area.

First, here is a map of the U.S. showing the probability of a White Christmas, which for this page is defined as having one inch of snow on the ground Christmas Day, December 25th.

Probability of Having a White Christmas

As you can see, those who live in the Northeast, Upper Midwest, and the Central and Northern Rockies have a greater than 75 percent chance of seeing a White Christmas on any given year. Taking a closer look at our area:

White Christmas Probability over our area

The probability falls off almost 30 to 40 percent from the mountains of Southeast West Virginia to the piedmont of North Carolina. Locations such as Bluefield and Lewisburg normally have a 15 to 30 percent chance of having one inch of snow on the ground, with the higher chances closer to Quinwood and Flat Top, WV. While locations from South Boston, VA to Reidsville, NC have less than a 5 percent chance.

Here are some statistics for cities in and around our region, from the National Climatic Data Center that show probabilities of having one inch of snow depth on Christmas Day.

VIRGINIA
Lynchburg 13%
Roanoke 17%
Richmond 7%
Sterling 17%

NORTH CAROLINA
Asheville 7%
Greensboro 10%
Hickory 3%
Raleigh 3%

WEST VIRGINIA
Bluefield 24%
Beckley 36%
Charleston 30%

TENNESSEE
Bristol 17%

 

CHRISTMAS CLIMATE STATISTICS FOR A FEW LOCATIONS

The snowiest Christmases for:

Roanoke (1912-2010):
1) 14.6 inches in 1969
2) 6.9 inches in 1914
3) 6.8 inches in 1962

Lynchburg (1893-2010)
1) 9.9 inches in 1969
2) 5.4 inches in 1914
3) 4.9 inches in 1909

Danville (1948-2010)
1) 1.0 inch in 1976
2) 0.5 inches in 1962
3) Trace in 1967, 1966 and 1948

Blacksburg (1952-2010)
1) 6.0 inches in 1962
2) 0.1 inches in 2002
3) Trace in 2007, 2003, 1999, 1998, 1995, 1990, 1959 and 1958

Bluefield (1959-2010)
1) 6.0 inches in 1969
2) 1.1 inches in 1993 and 1985
3) 1.0 inch in 1976

The warmest high temperatures for Christmas:

Roanoke (1912-2010):
1) 68 degrees in 1982 and 1964
2) 67 degrees in 1955
3) 65 degrees in 1934

Lynchburg (1893-2010)
1) 72 degrees in 1982
2) 71 degrees in 1955
3) 67 degrees in 1965, 1964, and 1915

Danville (1948-2010)
1) 76 degrees in 1955
2) 68 degrees in 1982 and 1979
3) 67 degrees in 1988

Blacksburg (1952-2010)
1) 68 degrees in 1964
2) 65 degrees in 1955
3) 60 degrees in 1982

Bluefield (1959-2010)
1) 64 degrees in 1982
2) 62 degrees in 1987
3) 60 degrees in 1964

 

The coldest high temperatures for Christmas:

Roanoke (1912-2010):
1) 11 degrees in 1983
2) 26 degrees in 1980
3) 27 degrees in 2000 and 1989

Lynchburg (1893-2010)
1) 13 degrees in 1983
2) 27 degrees in 1969
3) 28 degrees in 1999, 1989, and 1962

Danville (1948-2010)
1) 28 degrees in 1989
2) 31 degrees in 1998
3) 32 degrees in 1983

Blacksburg (1952-2010)
1) 13 degrees in 1983
2) 20 degrees in 1989
3) 26 degrees in 1995

Bluefield (1959-2010)
1) 2 degrees in 1983
2) 14 degrees in 1980
3) 19 degrees in 2000 and 1989

 

If you have any questions regarding this page or climate information, please contact Robert Stonefield or William Perry.

For the forecast, visit our main page.

 

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