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What are the chances of a White Christmas for metro Detroit?

Posted at 11:48 AM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 12:02:24-05

(WXYZ) — What are the chances of a White Christmas in metro Detroit? Not great. In fact, we could be heading into the longest stretch of dry weather since the beginning of August.

The jet stream is likely going to dip southward across the western U.S., and ridge northward across the eastern U.S. The result for Michigan will be a stretch of dry, above-average temperatures. There isn't a day in the forecast from December 19 through December 25 that looks rainy, snowy or even windy.

Next week will have temperatures in the mid 40s through Christmas Day. A storm system could bring rain or snow to Michigan by Thursday or Friday. If the ridge of high pressure breaks down a little earlier, maybe the rain will move in by the end of Christmas Day.

The Climate Prediction Center 6-10 day temperature outlook shows a high chance of above-average temps across the eastern U.S., and a high chance of below-average temps across the western U.S.

42% of Christmas Days in Metro Detroit have been a "White Christmas" (1" or more on the ground), since 1948. Last year was not a white Christmas, but 4 of the last 10 years were.