Will it snow on Christmas? States could have white Christmas forecast

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It could be a white Christmas for several northern states in the U.S. this year, with as many as 16 states forecasted to see snow during the holiday. 

Much of the country has already felt the effects of an extraordinary winter snowstorm that begun the week leading up to Christmas, and while the storm is expected to be pass by Christmas Eve, snow and freezing temperatures will still be in the forecast for many through the Christmas weekend.

“Compared to the days leading up to Christmas, Christmas day looks pretty quiet,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Tom Kines told USA TODAY. “Christmas day itself, things considered, it’s not too bad.”

Kines added this year will be a “big difference” from last year when much of the country didn’t see snow on the holiday. 

Here’s what to know about having a white Christmas this year:

A man walks his dog near an illuminated Christmas tree during heavy snowfall on December 16, 2020 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.

What is a white Christmas?

A white Christmas is simply when it snows – or there is snow on the ground – on Christmas Day. The National Oceanic of Atmospheric Association defines a white Christmas as at least one inch of snow on the ground. 

Where will it be a white Christmas in 2022?

As many as 16 states could have snow falling on Christmas, according to Accuweather forecasts as of Tuesday afternoon. The Pacific Northwest, Midwest and Northeast regions of the U.S. are where snow is expected. Major cities like Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Buffalo, Anchorage and Helena could see snow.

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