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White Christmas? Keep dreaming

Updated: January 21, 2012 8:09AM



Dreaming of a white Christmas? You might not get it.

Although the historical frequency of a white Christmas averages about 45 percent across Chicago and Northwest Indiana, the National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures in the mid 30s on Sunday, and it looks like the day might be snowless and sunny.

The weather services defines a white Christmas as one with an inch or more of snow on the ground at 6 a.m. But there is a little bit of winter weather possible Tuesday night into Wednesday morning when a wintry mix of precipitation could hit the area.

Despite visions of a snowy Christmas, the weather service says the Chicago area is quite used to not seeing snow. On average, there was no snowfall recorded for 57 percent of Christmas Days between 1885 and 2010.

The most snow recorded on Christmas happened when 5.1 inches of snow fell in 1950. Last year, 0.9 inches of snow fell.

Tina Sfondeles



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