Will Greater Danbury Have a White Christmas This Year?
Christmas and snow, it goes together like peanut butter and jelly, but it's not always a guarantee, especially in Connecticut.
There's nothing like snow on Christmas. It doesn't matter if it's already on the ground, or if it falls on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, it just makes things just a little more magical.
Our fascination with a white Christmas goes all the way back to the mid 1800's and the writings of Charles Dickens and his depiction of a snowy Christmas in his classic tale, "A Christmas Carol". The white Christmas image was also romanticized in the 1942 song "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby, which went on to become one of the best selling singles of all time.
So what are the chances of having a white Christmas in Greater Danbury this year? To answer that question, you have to look at the history of snow on Christmas in Connecticut.
Thanks to the Farmers Almanac, we can track the history of snow in Connecticut over three decades, and according to the Almanac, the last time we saw a white Christmas in Connecticut was back in 2017 when light rain turned to snow late on Christmas Eve, and continued to snow into Christmas Day.
Now there is one rule of thumb that the Farmers Almanac always follows when it comes to determining a white Christmas, and that is at least 1 inch of snow must fall to officially call it a white Christmas. That's right, a little dusting doesn't count, it must be at least 1 inch.
So let's cut to the chase and find out just what's in store for us here in Greater Danbury.
The Farmers Almanac says there is a slight possibility of snow on Christmas, however don't expect too much. Right now, they are predicting a very cold Christmas, and there is the possibility of a few snow showers as well, but they are setting the probability of seeing at least 1 inch of snow at only 10-25 percent in this part of the state. If you want to increase your odds of snow, you're going to have to travel to the northern part of Connecticut where the odds are a bit better, between 40-50 percent.
So right now, if you're looking for snow on Christmas Day, you may have to take a drive to Aunt Betty's in the quite corner of the state, but whether it snows or not, in the words of the famous song: "May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white."