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Dec. 9 2009 - 3:25 pm | 165 views | 0 recommendations | 0 comments

White Christmas? The top U.S. snow cities

Anchorage, Alaska in March 2004. Sue Frause photo.

Anchorage, Alaska in March 2004. Sue Frause photo.

There’s something romantic about a white Christmas. Not only do I have to watch White Christmas every year (along with Holiday Inn), I love the song, too. My three favorite Christmases with snow were spent in Switzerland, not a bad place to be in December.

But where to go in the USA for the white stuff? According to the National Climatic Data Center, here’s the probability for a white Christmas for selected cities in the U.S. The data was collected from 1998-2005:

Probability of snow on Christmas

Fairbanks, Alaska 100%
Duluth, Minnesota 97%
Anchorage, Alaska 90%
Marquette, Michigan 90%
Concord, New Hampshire 87%
Fargo, North Dakota 83%
Portland, Main 83%
Minneapolis, Minnesota 73%
Spokane, Washington 70%
Helena, Montana 67%
Cleveland, Ohio 60%
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 60%
Hartford, Connecticut 57%
Salt Lake City, Utah 53%
Denver, Colorado 50%
Des Moines, Iowa 50%
Detroit, Michigan 50%
Casper, Wyoming 47%
Omaha, Nebraska 44%
Chicago, Illinois 40%
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 33%
Boise, Idaho 30%
Charleston, West Virginia 30%
Boston, Massachusetts 23%
Topeka, Kansas 23%
St. Louis, Ohio, 23%
Reno, Nevada 20%
Washington, DC 13%
Louisville, Kentucky 13%
Nashville, Tennessee 13%
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 10%
New York, 10%
Seattle, 8%
Dallas, 8%
Oklahoma City, 3%
Little Rock, Arkansas 3%
Albuquerque, New Mexico 3%
Los Angeles, California 1%
San Francisco, California 1%
Phoenix, Arizona 1%
Charlotte, North Carolina 15
Portland, Oregon 1%


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