A white Christmas for Oklahoma?

Since 1890, there have been six times in which there was an inch or more snow on the ground Christmas Day in Oklahoma City, according to the National Weather Service.
BY BRYAN PAINTER bpainter@opubco.com Published: December 18, 2012
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Is it dreaming, or will a white Christmas visit areas of Oklahoma?

Since 1890, there have been six times in which there was an inch or more snow on the ground Christmas Day in Oklahoma City, according to the National Weather Service. There have been about a half-dozen such days in Tulsa since 1900.

A rapidly evolving upper storm system will move into the Rockies early next week about Christmas Eve. It appears the storm will then move across portions of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas late Christmas night through Wednesday.

“While it looks like much of Oklahoma has at least some chance of seeing snow, there are still a lot of question marks this far out,” said Rick Smith of the National Weather Service, Norman.

“It's important that people know that the potential is there, but at this point, it's way too early to worry about exact locations, timing and amounts. Think about how your travel plans might change if we do see snow, and above all, check the forecasts often, because they will change numerous times over the next several days.”

Past Christmas snows

There have only been 11 days in which a trace or more of snow fell on Christmas in Oklahoma City. The highest total of snow in the city that came on Christmas Day was 6.5 inches in 1914.

However, there have been 12 days with at least a trace of snow on the ground on Christmas Day, meaning it could have fallen before. The most notable of those was 2009 when the Christmas Eve blizzard left 14 inches of snow on the ground at Will Rogers World Airport. In Tulsa, 6 inches of snow was on the ground Christmas Day in 2009.

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