Where in Montana Can You See Snow On Christmas Day?
Montana seems pretty light on the snow for December. But, that doesn't mean we can't or won't have a white Christmas.
Will Montana Have A White Christmas?
I was trying to find our chances for a white Christmas here in Montana, and I ran across an article from Country Living. They don't really say whether or not we'll get snow, but they did recommend the 10 towns in America where they expect a white Christmas. Low and behold, a Montana town, Bozeman, makes the list. But what about the rest of the state? According to the Old Farmer's Almanac,
Moving west towards Montana and Idaho, the odds of a White Christmas are quite good but also very consistent; it may be cold but some areas are also dry with the precipitation needed for snow. Missoula, Montana has a very high 98% chance.
Peeking at this map from NOAA, Montana looks like it's sitting pretty good to see at least SOME snow in most of the state by Christmas. Here's how NOAA explains the map:
The map above shows the historic probability of there being at least 1 inch of snow on the ground at weather stations across the United States on December 25 based on the latest (1991-2020) US Climate Normals from NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). The dots show the probability at specific weather stations. The background map shows interpolated values for all locations in the Lower 48. Interpolating means estimating values where you don’t have direct observations, using existing observations and physical relationships, such as the way temperature is known to change with altitude.
If it's not Montana, where do you think the town most likely to see a white Christmas is? Find out here 👇
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