White Christmas? It’s too far away to forecast with any accuracy, NWS says

    With social media already simmering with chatter about a White Christmas in the Mid-Atlantic, the National Weather Service says that it’s not yet possible to determine.

    “Christmas is still too far out for us to forecast with any accuracy whether there will be snow on the ground or not,” a Facebook posting from the National Weather Service office in New York, NY advises. 

    Historically, the chance of having an inch of snow on the ground Christmas morning is slim for the Jersey Shore.

    The historical probability of a White Christmas at the Jersey Shore ranges from 0 to 10 percent in southern areas and 11 to 25 percent in northern areas, according to the National Climatic Data Center.

    “Keep in mind, these are historical probabilities,” the NWS posting states. “We’ll have a better idea of our actual chances as we get closer to Christmas.”

    Head to the Adirondacks in New York or northeast Maine, northern New Hampshire, or northern Vermont for a virtually guaranteed White Christmas. 

    Check your local forecast at weather.gov within seven days of Christmas.

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