Historical chances of a white Christmas in the Pioneer Valley

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — While it’s much too early to accurately forecast whether or not we’ll have a white Christmas this year, we can take a look back at what’s happened in the past to predict whether or not we can expect a coating of snow on the ground by Christmas Day.

In Western Massachusetts, the chances for a white Christmas go up the farther north you are or the closer you are to the Berkshires.

In Springfield, the chance for at least one inch of snow historically on Christmas Day is around 40 to 50 percent. In Pittsfield, chances are over 75 percent.

In the extreme northwest corner of Massachusetts, near North Adams, the historical chance for a white Christmas is over 90 percent.

So it definitely helps your chances for snow if you’re in one of the higher-elevation areas. Many locals are looking forward to a snowy holiday. 

“Umm…I don’t like snow, but I do like it for the children. I think it will be a lot of fun to go outside and make snowmen and stuff like that,” Kathy Shea from Holyoke explained to 22News. “So yeah I think I’d like a white Christmas.”

But remember, the conditions year to year will still vary greatly as it depends on the weather situation closer to Christmas day itself.

And while some of us want a wintry landscape for the holiday, many don’t want the snow any other time of the year.

“Just for the holiday, just to be happy,” Chuck from Chicopee told 22News. 

So here’s to hoping we have a nice coating of fluffy white snow for Christmas this year in the Pioneer Valley.

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