If you want to be guaranteed a white Christmas, there are five places in the continental United States you can pick to enjoy a snowy holiday.
Meteorologists can’t forecast more than three or four days ahead of time whether a particular place is likely to have snow on the ground on Christmas Day.
U.S. weather records averaged over a 30-year period show that only five places with long-term weather records are practically guaranteed to have a white Christmas. They are Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan, Hibbing and International Falls in Minnesota, and Stampede Pass in Washington. In addition, areas of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, much of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and western mountains including the Cascades of Washington and Oregon, California’s Sierra, and the Rockies from Montana and Idaho south into southern Colorado have a better than 90 percent chance of snow on the ground at Christmas.