Weather Wise: White Christmas chances

With Christmas less than a week away, most people are hoping for a white Christmas, but just how likely is that for central Illinois? (WICS)

With Christmas less than a week away, most people are hoping for a white Christmas, but just how likely is that for central Illinois?

First, a white Christmas is defined as having 1 inch of snow on the ground Christmas morning. Historically speaking, since records have been kept over the past 116 years, Springfield has had a white Christmas 32 times.

That's 28 percent of years recorded. However, Springfield has been in a 'brown Christmas' stretch, the last white Christmas was in 2010.

While we don't see snow all that often Christmas morning, having not seen any measurable snow at all before the holiday is highly unusual.

As of Tuesday, this is the 9th latest we've gone into the winter season without measurable snow. Only four times have then never been snow before Christmas, and only once has the first snow occurred in the new year - the latest being January 4.

Additionally, there have only been seven years where no measurable snow fell in the month of December, which is where we currently stand as of December 19.

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