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A White Christmas? Portland’s Chances Are Better Than Some

Twas the night before Christmas,IMG_2968
And all through the air,

Conditions were dry,

And the weather was fair,

Kids were hoping for snow,
Well into the night,

With the hope of some snow,
Christmas would be white.

Dreams do come true and many parts of the region will see snow on Christmas day – but probably only rain in the lowest terrain.

A strong winter weather storm is moving toward the region and will bring plenty of rain to the region on Christmas day. If you live near the Gorge or in the highest hills, you may see some snowflakes mixing in with rain very early Christmas morning. Otherwise, it’s a wet Christmas for the valley with highs in the mid 40s.

The coast will be wet and breezy, the Coast Range will pick-up 2-6″ of snow before changing back over to rain. The Cascades will pick-up another foot or more of snow and the Gorge east of Multnomah Falls should pick-up plenty of snow.

Here’s a factoid that may make you feel better about our white Christmas chances: The city of Miami has a 1-in-20,000 chance of having a white Christmas. It has never happened and it has been 35 years since Miami has even seen snow.

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