A common question that I receive a lot this time of year is will we have a white Christmas? While there will be snow later in the week, it does not appear we will see any on Christmas Day in Omaha. However, parts of Iowa will most likely have a white Christmas this year.
According to the National Weather Service, the probability of a white Christmas, which means an inch or more of snow on the ground, is 34 percent. The forecast is made using historical snow data for the region.
The snowiest Christmas Day occurred in 1941 when the Omaha area received 6.0 inches of snow, but the most snow on the ground on Dec. 25 was in 1983 when there was 13 inches deposited by a pre-Christmas storm. If you think some of our unseasonably warm weather the past week or so might set records, the temperature is not up to record territory. In fact, the warmest Christmas Day was 57 degrees, which occurred in 1936 and 1946.
So, while it appears we could see some snow between Christmas and New Year’s, we will have to keep dreaming of a white Christmas in Omaha.