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Chance for white Christmas in long-range forecast

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DENVER — If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, the odds may be in your favor this year.

We’re not talking about a blizzard like back in 1982 when 24 inches fell in Denver.  Nor are we thinking about the record-breaking snow of 8 inches in 2007.

But right now we are looking at about a 30 percent chance of snow from Christmas Eve through Christmas Day.

That chance for snow has been in the forecast for several days and we expect the probability to increase as the storm gets closer to Colorado.

Those odds are better than our historic past.  If your definition of a white Christmas is snow falling on Christmas Day, it has only happened 18 times in the past 132 years.

However, if your definition of a white Christmas is an inch or more of snow on the ground, that has occurred 43 times in the past 114 years.

But if we look at just the past 30 years, we’ve had snow on the ground 15 times — that’s 50 percent of the time.

We’ve actually had snow on the ground the last six of the past eight years.

So, we’re eying snow in the mountains this weekend, which will arrive in Denver on Sunday night into Monday.

The next chance comes on Christmas Eve into Christmas Day.

So dreaming of a white Christmas may actually come true again this year.

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