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2008 was the most recent snowfall on Christmas Day and it was embedded in an extended cold and snowy weather period that started on Dec. 13 and ran through the end of the year. (Reader submitted photo)

The history of white Christmases in Seattle

What are the chances of a white Christmas in Seattle? Let's look at Seattle weather going back to when records began in 1891, with records in downtown Seattle through 1944 and at Sea-Tac Airport from 1945 to present.

Snow has fallen on Christmas Day only a limited number of times over the last 121 years.

They include:

1) 1909 1.8 inches
2) 1915 0.4 inches
3) 1944 0.2 inches
4) 1965 1.0 inches
5) 1990 0.8 inches
6) 2007 0.9 inches
7) 2008 0.4 inches

There has been snowfall on only about 6% of Christmas Days over the 121 year record. 2008 was the most recent snowfall on Christmas Day and it was embedded in an extended cold and snowy weather period that started on Dec. 13 and ran through the end of the year. Some places in Western Washington had between one and two feet of snow on the ground Christmas Day.

Will it snow on Christmas Day this year? The forecast is for a relatively dry day on Christmas with high temperatures close to seasonal averages - in the 40s.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

These statistics were compiled by NWS Seattle staff member Dana Felton.


Ted Buehner, NWS Meteorologist, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service
Ted Buehner is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service (NWS) in Seattle, a key customer liaison position.
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