A white Christmas for Oklahoma?
Just a day before the official start to winter, cold wind cut through parts of central Oklahoma.
The big question for most people, however; will we see a white Christmas?
Our forecast shows promise, but history says no.
We’re a southern state with dry winters and the statistics against a white Christmas are astonishing.
Since 1890, Oklahoma City has only had six days with at least an inch of snow on Christmas day; five percent of the time.
But this year could be different.
“You may not wake up Christmas morning to see snow on the ground, but there’s a chance that by the end of the day, we’ll see snow,” said Rick Smith with the National Weather Service in Norman.
Smith pointed to a forecast that showed the northern third of the state has the best chance of snow on Christmas, with cold northern air and southern moisture possibly colliding.
But Associate State Climatologist Gary McManus knows it won’t be our whitest Christmas.
“2009 was an anomaly. It was an extreme anomaly,” he said.
14 inches of snow hit the ground on Christmas Eve, 2009.
Not an enjoyable white Christmas for last-minute shoppers.
“They went out on Christmas Eve, when their present was to get stuck in the snow, get towed back and maybe spend the night in a hotel somewhere,” McManus said.
Some Oklahomans have different reasons for not wanting a white Christmas.
“No sir,” said Larry Walker Thursday afternoon. “I’m 59 years old. It hurts when you get cold.”
“Either, or,” said Kaela White. “As long as I get presents.”