Phoenix, AZ

A white Christmas in Phoenix? There is always a chance.

Ash Jurberg
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Who is dreaming of a white Christmas?

As rare as it may be in Phoenix- there is always a slight chance it may occur. While snow over Christmas is often associated with the northern states, there have been several snowy Christmas' in Arizona.

For example, Flagstaff is one of the snowiest cities in the United States, with an average annual accumulation of 109.8 inches. Flagstaff has a 56 percent chance of having snow on the ground on Christmas day, which is actually better odds than Denver, Chicago, or Salt Lake City.

But what are the chances of a white Christmas in Phoenix?

What is a white Christmas?

We hear the term a lot, but what exactly is a white Christmas. The National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) defines a white Christmas as: "a snow depth of at least 1 inch observed on December 25th."It doesn't actually have to snow on Christmas Day. A white Christmas can be either one inch of snow falling on Christmas or if there is one inch of snow from a previous day that is still on the ground.

Snow in Phoenix? It happens!

While it is very rare, it has snowed on several occasions in Phoenix.

The first record of snow in Phoenix was in 1911. According to the Arizona Republican tt was shocking to the "several hundred" people who witnessed it.

Twice, Phoenix has recorded over an inch of snow- the benchmark for a white Christmas. It first occurred on January 20, 1933. On January 21-22, 1937, one inch of snow was officially reported at the federal building at Central and Fillmore.

December snow in Phoenix is also possible. There were 0.4 inches on December 21, December 22, 1990. According to the National Weather Service office in Phoenix, 0.22 inches of snow fell in December of 1998.

A Phoenix Christmas miracle?

The chances of a white Christmas in Phoenix are minimal. But as we have just seen, it has snowed close to Christmas- so there is always the possibility of a Christmas miracle.

Readers, what do you think? Would you like it to snow in Phoenix over Christmas? Or would you prefer the warmer weather that Phoenix enjoys compared to the rest of the United States?

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