Will there be a white Christmas in the Hudson Valley? We checked all the experts and experts

By | December 23, 2023

Every year New Yorkers dream of a white Christmas, just like we used to know, as Irving Berlin wrote and Bing Crosby famously sang about.

But will the Lower Hudson Valley have a white Christmas on Monday this year? According to the most recognizable weather names, there is a good chance that the area will miss the showers again this year.

The last time the Lower Hudson Valley experienced a white Christmas was in 2017, according to NOAA.

But this year the forecasts are dry. This is what the weather forecasters say:

Christmas decorations in the snow on Hill and Dale Road in Carmel during a steady snowfall, November 26, 2014.

Christmas decorations in the snow on Hill and Dale Road in Carmel during a steady snowfall, November 26, 2014.

National Weather Service – no

The National Weather Service says the Christmas weekend will be merry and bright, but not with snow.

The long weekend is expected to be consistently sunny and cold.

Saturday and Sunday there will be a high of 42 degrees and a low of 30 degrees on Saturday and a high of 43 degrees and a low of 29 degrees on Sunday.

Christmas Day will have the warmest forecast temperatures of the week, with a high near 47 degrees.

The Weather Service has no snow forecast for the coming week.

The National Weather Service is an agency of the United States government charged with providing weather forecasts, hazardous weather warnings, and other services to organizations and members of the public. The NWS is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Overnight snow created a winter wonderland as early morning commuters travel along the Rumsey Road access road to the Saw Mill River and Cross County Parkways in Yonkers, Feb. 28, 2023.Overnight snow created a winter wonderland as early morning commuters travel along the Rumsey Road access road to the Saw Mill River and Cross County Parkways in Yonkers, Feb. 28, 2023.

Overnight snow created a winter wonderland as early morning commuters travel along the Rumsey Road access road to the Saw Mill River and Cross County Parkways in Yonkers, Feb. 28, 2023.

Accuweather – not this year

Accuweather is predicting one of the snowiest winters in recent years, but unfortunately also said there will be no white Christmas this year. This year’s predicted snowfall of between 18 and 29 inches is close to normal snowfall records for the area.

According to Accuweather, only 9 inches of snow fell in Westchester County last winter. It was one of the lowest snowfall rates in the area in a decade. In 2020, the snowfall rate was 38.1 inches and in 2021 it was 24.4 inches. The normal seasonal snow average is about 29 inches.

Accuweather in a private media company founded in 1962. They employ over 100 meteorologists.

    A man braves the snow and bitter cold for a bike ride along Katonah Avenue in downtown Katonah during persistent snowfall on January 29, 2022.     A man braves the snow and bitter cold for a bike ride along Katonah Avenue in downtown Katonah during persistent snowfall on January 29, 2022.

A man braves the snow and bitter cold for a bike ride along Katonah Avenue in downtown Katonah during persistent snowfall on January 29, 2022.

Old Farmer’s Almanac – No, but maybe soon?

The Old Farmer’s Almanac says cities in northern New England, the northern Midwest and the Plains will see a white Christmas this year, but the Atlantic region and coastal areas will not.

Snow may miss us at Christmas, but the Almanac is predicting two to three inches of snow above the typical average, thanks to an El Nino weather pattern that moved northeast in late December and early January.

The Old Farmers’ Almanac, first published in 1792, is published every September. In addition to long-term weather forecasts, the Old Farmer’s Almanac also publishes planting diagrams, recipes and sunrise times.

Farmer’s Almanac – No, but maybe less soon?

The Farmer’s Almanac, not to be confused with the Old Farmer’s Almanac, also predicts a dry Christmas in the Northeast, but says the area has a 25 to 50% chance of snow on Christmas based on NOAA data.

Instead of a completely white Christmas, the Farmers’ Almanac predicts a white winter. It said the Hudson Valley could see snow as early as the second week of January, with additional sleet and snowstorms throughout the season.

The Farmer’s Almanac, first published in 1818, is published every year. It also includes information about gardening, home remedies and managing your household, according to the website.

Ben Noll – No, but wait until later in the season

Ben Noll, the weather guru of the Hudson Valley, said further X/Twitter that despite the lack of snow in the Christmas forecast, he sees “snow days in the area’s future.”

Noll predicted in an extended video on social media that some snow could fall in the area in January and February, and said this year’s winter weather could be delayed until the end of winter.

Who is Ben Noll? He is from the Hudson Valley and is a meteorologist at the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research in Auckland, New Zealand. His website and social media accounts have become increasingly popular over the years because of his accuracy in predicting the weather a hemisphere away and predicting which Hudson Valley schools will be closed.

Hudson Valley Weather – no

The website and radio weather provider predict a mild Christmas Day with highs around 50 and lows between 32 and 36.

Hudson Valley Weather was founded in 2011 by local weather enthusiast Alex Marra. In 2013, it partnered with iHeartMedia for predictions.

This article originally appeared on Rockland/Westchester Journal News: Will there be a White Christmas in Hudson Valley? What everyone says

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