2020 is a different year, and the Christmas holiday will be no exception, but what about the weather? Here's what the chances are of having a White Christmas this year in Central Minnesota.

Thanks to COVID-19: Easter 2020, kind of canceled. Memorial Day 2020 weekend, discouraged. 2020 Fourth of July celebrations, not advised. Labor Day 2020 weekend, nope. Halloween 2020, just say no. Thanksgiving 2020, stay home. Christmas 2020 -- remains to be seen.

So there would be surprise if Mother Nature decided to throw a curveball too, leaving us without a White Christmas.

Despite the warm and dry December we've been experiencing so far, this year's fall/winter snowfall totals are nearly five inches above normal to date.

Statistically, St. Cloud and the rest of Central Minnesota have a 76% to 90% chance on average of having a White Christmas.

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Minnesota. Maine. Upstate New York. The Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Practically anywhere in Idaho. And of course, the Rockies or the Sierra Nevada Mountains. These are the parts of the Lower 48* where weather history suggests you want to be if you're looking for the best chance of a white Christmas.

As for the Central Minnesota forecast, there's nothing in the next week that looks like its going to get us there. Temperatures look to remain above normal, and precipitation appears scarce.

What had looked like a chance of snow of the southern half of snow on Friday & Saturday, now looks like it will miss us far to the south.

Think snow!

Pete Hanson is on 98.1 Minnesota's New Country weekday mornings from 5:30 to 10:00.

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