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Dreaming Of A White Christmas?

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Credit: Robert Alexander From Boulder

Credit: Robert Alexander From Boulder

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Written by Meteorologist Jennifer Zeppelin

If you are looking for the white stuff in Denver this Christmas it looks like you’ll have to dream it up or shake a snow globe. This Christmas is going to be mild and dry across the Denver metro area with highs in the 50s.

So how common is a white Christmas in Denver? actually the odds aren’t as high as one might think the National Weather Service in Boulder did some computing and the numbers are interesting. Over the last 10 years we have seen plenty of snow on Christmas day in 2007 and 2006 a couple of potent storms dropped more than a foot of snow before, on and after the 25th.

Since 1900 Denver has seen 41 days with an inch or more of snow on the ground Christmas day that comes to 37 percent of the time.

But if your idea of a white Christmas means fresh snow 0.1 inches, the odds are a lot lower we’ve only had 14 days over the last 110 years with new snowfall on the ground.

If you close the gap and look over the past 20 years our chances of seeing a white Christmas improves. Since 1973 the jolly old elf in the big red suit has been greeted with an inch or more of snow on the ground in Denver 54 percent of the time.

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