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There’s only a 10% chance New Yorkers will get to enjoy a white Christmas this year


Anna Rahmanan
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Anna Rahmanan

If you were hoping to be able to enjoy a white Christmas while cooped up in your apartment in a few days, think again: According to a new map created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, the odds of seeing at least one inch of snow in New York on Saturday are at about 10%. No, those aren't great numbers.

You can play with the interactive map right here, seeing for yourself that those in Brooklyn have a 10% chance of seeing the white powder on December 25. The percentage goes up to 11% when looking at Central Park and a whopping 12% by La Guardia airport. 

Of course, the survey only highlights the historical probability of 1 inch of snow falling on the city based on data collected between 1991 and 2020, so forecasters might actually paint a different picture. 

According to meteorologists at NBC, "temperatures are expected to remain in the low to mid-40s every day leading up to the holiday on Saturday, with the only precipitation coming that morning—when highs could [hit] 50 degrees." Which is to say: we might see some rain but we'll certainly have a warmer Christmas than what most New Yorkers would probably likely to experience.

Alas, higher temperatures might lead you outside of your home. Perhaps buying some last-minute gifts? Here is a list of the very best New York City-themed presents for the holidays that you should try to get yours hands on.

Who knows what the winter will bring in terms of weather. For now, though, you'll find us staring at these photos of our lovely city covered in snow (pre-dirty puddles and inconvenient commutes!). You can call it wishful thinking, in a way. 

Wherever you are, happy holidays, New Yorkers!

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