What Are The Chances of A White Christmas In Missouri This Year?
The National Weather Service office in Kansas City is already getting questions about whether we'll see a white Christmas this year. While they can't look in a crystal ball and tell us exactly what the weather will be on Christmas, it's not looking all that good this year.
While the National Weather Service doesn't want to get too detailed about the Christmas Eve / Christmas forecast because it's still a little too early. They can say the following. Christmas Eve and Christmas look like we'll see below-normal temperatures. Normal being a high of 40, and a low of 22.
As for snow, the probability of a white Christmas throughout most of Missouri is only about 25 percent. Some in northern Missouri near Iowa may have a 40 percent chance of a white Christmas. In far Southern Missouri, the chances go down even further.
Looking at NOAA Online's weather data, getting an inch of snow or more has only happened 7 times since December 25, 2000.
3 inches of snow on Christmas in 2000.
1 inch of snow on Christmas in 2007.
2 inches of snow on Christmas 2008.
6 inches of snow on Christmas 2009.
1 inch of snow on Christmas in 2012.
4 inches of snow on Christmas 2013.
1 inch of snow on Christmas 2017.
In fact, most of Missouri hasn't seen a white Christmas since 2017. I wouldn't hold my breath that we'll see a white Christmas this year. Of course, that doesn't mean you can't keep wishing with all your might. Mother Nature just might hear you asking, or Santa Claus. He could make it happen.
If you're interested in when we might see our first snowfall of the season, you can read about that here.