Christmas is usually ‘white’ in West Michigan

Snow in Kentwood. (Nov. 17, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — When looking at past Christmases in West Michigan, weather records show that more times than not, there is snow on the ground for Christmas Day.

This is a map of “White Christmas History” from across the country put together by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Center. To be considered “white” there must be at least 1 inch of snow on the ground.


If we zoom in on Michigan and follow the color table, you’ll notice:

– North of Highway 10: Almost all past Christmases have been “white”
– Muskegon to Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo & Battle Creek: Roughly three out of every four Christmases have snow on the ground
– Counties near Indiana: Just over half of all Christmases are “white”

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Honestly, the chances for a white Christmas this year are looking a bit dire. In the next week we have a few chances for light snow. The best being on Tuesday. Even though we will see snow flakes fall, we are not expecting a lot of accumulation. This forecast brings us up to December 22nd.

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But all hope for a white Christmas is not lost. It is still entirely possible that we get a small storm system the week of Christmas to bring us snow. After all, it doesn’t take much to make an inch of snow fall in West Michigan, especially when the average Lake Michigan is still around 42 degrees.

Although no major snow systems are expected for the Midwest in the next two weeks, we could certainly see a small one. It is a picture that will come into better focus a week before Christmas.


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