Zack's Weather Facts: Will Central Texas experience a white Christmas?

The countdown to Christmas is on. This weather question is probably always on our mind this time of year.... will we have a white Christmas? FOX 7’s Zack Shield talks about whether we have ever had one and look at chances of one happening this year.

Snow events don't happen very often around here. Since 1898, in Austin we've seen 52 snow events with a grand total of 90 inches. The bulk of them have happened in January or February.

Where we live, snow is a rare event and the chances of it snowing on Christmas are even lower. On average every year the chances are under five-pervent.

To get snow it takes just the right ingredients. Living in Texas, it is very hard to get very cold air, enough moisture and instability in place at the same time to produce snow. In the past, we have had some close calls with a white Christmas. It's snowed just before and after Christmas but never on December 25th.

The Climate Prediction Center shows wetter than average weather through Christmas week. The precipitation won't be the frozen variety.

With storm track way up in Canada, we are not expecting an arctic invasion. Much of the country will be warmer than average. The only spots that are likely to have a white Christmas are either in the Rockies or across the northern plains. I guess the wait continues for the first white Christmas here in central Texas.

Meteorologist Zack Shields can answer weather questions via email or on Twitter and Facebook.

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