Dreaming Of A White Christmas?

Christmas 2016 is looking to be a bright and seasonable day in Vacationland.  Temperatures may end a few degrees above normal, but should be a solid 25 degrees colder than last Christmas.  Santa came to town wearing Bermuda shorts last year with temperatures soaring  to 62 degrees in Portland.  The previous year the high topped out at 53 degrees with some rain.  Noticing a trend here?   It has been a while since snow and cold has been a weather story on December 25th.   Snow on the ground has been quite skimpy as well.  Prior to this year, only one of the past five Christmas’s has been a “white Christmas” with at least 1″ of snow on the ground Christmas morning.

Portland has a 53% chance of a white Christmas with at least 1″ of snow on the ground.  In 2008 the 7% chance of 12″ depth or more was meet with a more impressive snow pack of  13″.  It doesn’t even come close to the snow depth of 39″ on Christmas morning 1970.


The chance for receiving 1″ of snow  or more during the calendar day on December 25th  is only 7%. That happened twice in the past 15 years with 1.1″ in 2012 and 12.5″ in 2002.
So are you dreaming of a White Christmas? Here’s the National Climate Data Center (NCDC) percentages for where you live. Click here.

Here are some other Christmas weather stats for the Portland Jetport

Warmest  high   62 degrees in 2015
Coldest low   -16 degrees in 1980
Most Precipitation  1.87″  in 1986
Most Snow   12.5″ 2002
Most Snow on the Ground Christmas Morning  39″ 1970

Merry Christmas!

Charlie Lopresti

About Charlie Lopresti

Charlie makes up the "Weather Part" of CBS News 13s evening edition. A native New Englander, he grew up enjoying the area's exciting and sometimes wild weather.