One Christmas wish was sadly not granted for many locals to the Pioneer Valley. And that was a coating of snow on the ground for a white, wintry landscape during the holiday.
But should we keep on expecting a white Christmas, or are they simply a thing of the past? With December temperatures warming an average of 4.4 degrees from 1970 to now they will overall decrease in the future but historically, in the past, our chances are near 50/50.
In the lower Pioneer Valley, we’ve seen at least an inch of fluffy white flakes on the ground by Christmas morning 40 to 50 percent of the time. To the north and west of the lower Pioneer Valley, the chance for a white Christmas historically increases.
And it’s a different story for northern Berkshire County, where they’ve seen snow on around 90 percent of Christmases.
And although this year was uneventful, that wasn’t the case last year. Some local residents woke up to a 6-inch coating on Christmas morning.
Maybe we’ll have better luck next year.