How Much of the United States will Be White this Christmas?

State College, Pa. — 24 December 2010 — reports with Christmas only a day away, much of the U.S. will be snow covered on Christmas morning.



In early December, Chief Long Range Forecaster Joe Bastardi predicted a white Christmas for more than 50 percent of the contiguous U.S. Recent snow has filled in many of the North Central and Northeastern states.

Since Bastardi’s prediction on Dec. 2, the states of Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and New York are all showing more than 1 inch of snow on the ground.

The National Weather Service’s snow depth map also shows more than 1 inch of snow in parts of north central Virginia.

With cold air in place through the holiday weekend, the snow on the ground will stay around through Christmas day.

While not many places will have more snowfall before Christmas, a major snowstorm could spread more snow from the mid-Atlantic Sunday into the New England states by Monday.

By Alex Sosnowski, senior expert meteorologist for

Updated 12-24-2010

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