10 U.S. Cities That See White Christmases Every Year

Every year, you dream of a White Christmas. But, what if you didn't have to? What if you were so accustomed to seeing snow on December 25, you could simply expect it. 

While it may be hard to believe, there are a number of locations across the U.S. where White Christmases are almost always guaranteed. We've prepared a list of ten of the snowiest based on NOAA's 30-year (1981-2010) data of locations with a 91-100% historical probability of seeing at least 1 inch of snow on the ground on December 25. Let the weather envy begin.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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Located in Yellowstone National Park, Jackson sees an average of 18.6 inches of snowfall in December.

On December 25, 2014, the city saw 8.5 inches of new snowfall -- its third snowiest Christmas on record.

Winthrop, Washington

Store Fronts, Winthrop, Washington
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With the Pacific coastline to its east and the North Cascades to its west, Winthrop is perfectly positioned to get the moisture, cold air, and lift needed to generate significant snowfall.

In December, this popular cross-country skiing city boasts an average of 22.2 inches of snowfall. What's more, its December high temperatures tend to stay well below freezing—28°F (-1.8°C) to be exact—so if there's precipitation, the odds are it'll be snow. And at those temperatures, any snow that falls in the days leading up to Christmas will stay on the ground.

Mammoth Lakes, California

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Thanks to its high elevation of nearly 8,000 feet, the town of Mammoth Lakes sees long, snowy winters.

Snowfall is particularly heavy from December to March, with over 45 inches falling on average in December alone.

 

Duluth, Minnesota

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The icy shoreline of Duluth, MN in winter. Ryan Krueger/Getty Images

Situated on the westernmost point of the Great Lakes on Lake Superior's north shore, Duluth is one of the northernmost cities on our list. In December, the city sees 17.7 inches of snowfall on average, and its maximum temperatures remain nearly ten degrees below freezing for the month.

Duluth's snowiest Christmas on record occurred in 2009, when 12.5 inches of the white stuff blanketed the city. Lake effect snow contributes to its greater than 90% White Christmas probability.

Bozeman, Montana

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Bozeman is the second city located in Yellowstone National Park to make our White Christmas list. It receives the lowest average December snowfall on our list (11.9 inches), but thanks to December lows in the 10-15 degree range snow tends to linger around the landscape regardless of whether or not new snowfall falls on Christmas day. (Remember, this technically still counts as a White Christmas!)

Residents may remember the Christmas of 1996 when 14 inches of snow dumped over the city creating snow drifts of over 2 feet! It was the city's snowiest Christmas, by far.

Marquette, Michigan

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Thanks to its location in the snowbelt region of the Great Lakes, Marquette is no stranger to snow in December, nor to snow in any other winter month. In fact, it is named the third snowiest location in the contiguous United States, with an average annual snowfall of nearly 150 inches! (It sees 31.7 inches on average in December.)

Marquette has not only had an inch or more of snow on the ground since Christmas 2002, it has also received a fresh coat of Christmas snowfall for the last 10 years straight.

Utica, New York

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Winter in the Adirondack Mountains, New York. Chris Murray/Aurora/Getty Images

Located at New York State's geographic center and seated at the southwestern base of the Adirondack Mountains, Utica is another location that gets a snow boost from the nearby Great Lakes, specifically Lakes Erie and Ontario. However, unlike other Great Lakes cities, Utica's valley location and susceptibility to north winds make it colder on average.

The city's December snowfall average is 20.8 inches.

More: How winter's winds make air feel colder than it is

Aspen, Colorado

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Aspen's high elevation means the city's snow season can begin as early as September or October and the accumulation of snow or "snowpack" gradually add up over the course of the winter. By the time December arrives, Aspen's snowfall average has risen to 23.1 inches, on average.

Crested Butte, Colorado

Couple Hauling A Christmas Tree On Horseback To Their Ranch Near Crested Butte, Colorado, Rocky Mountains, Winter
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If you're looking for a near 100% White Christmas guarantee, Crested Butte delivers. The city not only sees significant snowfall during the month of December (34.3 inches of it on average), but its average high temperatures for the month are below freezing. The benefit? Even if no snowflakes fall on December 25, there will still be snow on the ground from recent winter storms to give you your coveted White Christmas.

 

International Falls, Minnesota

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With nicknames like "Icebox of the Nation" and "Frostbite Falls," the city of International Falls simply had to make it onto our list. It is the farthest north and among the coldest cities mentioned.

The city's December snowfall average is only 15.2 inches (the second lowest among the cities listed), but it isn't for copious amounts of Christmas morning snowfall that International Falls earns its spot on our list. It does so largely due to it's bitterly cold December temperatures. By the time December arrives, the normal daily high temperatures have dipped to the 19 degree mark; that's plenty cold enough to keep whatever snow is already accumulated on the ground from going anywhere by late December!

More: How to keep safe when winter turns bitter cold

Now, What's Your Chance?

Don't live in or near one of these cities? You may still have a decent chance at a White Christmas. Check this NOAA White Christmas map to see your historical odds.
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