Dreaming of a White Christmas? A 'White Christmas' is defined as having at least one inch of snow on the ground on the morning of December 25th. Although some consider it a ‘White Christmas’ if it’s actually snowing on Christmas Day.

Regardless, according to Climate.gov the BEST states to witness a White Christmas include: Idaho, Minnesota, Maine, Upstate New York, the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and, of course, the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada Mountains all have a high probability of seeing a white Christmas. But THEE BEST place to have a White Christmas is Aspen, Colorado – it’s just one of about a dozen locations with a nearly 100% historical probability of seeing a white Christmas – with over 3” falling on Wednesday 12/16.

Locally, Climate.gov says that Black Hawk County historically has around a 58% chance of seeing a White Christmas every year.

To our north, the Twin Cities will get a ‘White Christmas’ three out of every four years.

Des Moines only features an inch of snow on the ground on Christmas Day around 4 out of every 10 years.

So, what’s the forecast look like for Christmas Day? As of Thursday morning, 12/17, the National Weather Service in Des Moines has forecasted high temps ABOVE freezing Friday through next Wednesday, which will most certainly melt what little snow we currently have on the ground. The only chance of precipitation is Friday night, and it’s a mere 20% chance of ‘light’ snow.

It’s looking like Santa won’t have any fresh snowfall to land his sleigh on next week.

The last time there was at least an inch of snow on Christmas Day in Waterloo was in 2017.

But remember, last Christmas, Waterloo set a record high of 59* on Christmas Day. So, it's not always a bad thing to NOT have snow on the ground in late December. :)


This map is based on the 1981–2010 Climate Normals, calculated from around 9,800 stations operated by the National Weather Service.

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