White Christmas In Metro Detroit? Don't Count On It, Forecaster Says

There's about a 20-30% chance of snow on Christmas.

WWJ News
December 12, 2019 - 7:27 pm
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(WWJ) -- If you're dreaming of a "White Christmas" in metro Detroit this year, you might be out of luck, one forecaster says.

While it's sure to be cold the week of Christmas, WDIV meteorologist Paul Gross tells WWJ he's been scoping out the long-range forecast and there might not be any snow in sight.

"We are going to trend into a colder regime as we get into Christmas week, but that's only half the equation," Gross said. "We also have to get a storm system in here to drop the snow. So, if you were to pin me down to it, we only have about a 20-30% chance of a White Christmas, the way it looks right now."

Christmas is still about two weeks away, but forecasters aren't expecting much snow, if any at all, according to AccuWeather. Temperatures, however, will likely be in the 20s.

Though there likely won't be a heavy storm that blankets the area, Gross says even if there's a little bit in the morning, it technically could be considered a "White Christmas."

"What officially makes a "White Christmas?" There's an actual definition -- you have to have one inch of snow on the ground at 7 a.m. Christmas morning when the observation is taken," he said.

Michigan saw the first snowfall of the season rather early this year, with the Nov. 11 snowstorm setting state records and causing crashes on the roadways.