Will Cincinnati Have a White Christmas in 2022? Data Shows Low Chance, But Storm Next Week Could Change That

Out of 70 Christmases, Cincinnati only had an inch or more of snow on the ground for 12 of those years.

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It’s a little too early to know for sure if Cincinnati will have a white Christmas, and while the data suggests it's not likely, there is hope.

The National Weather Service post in Wilmington released an infographic sharing how often Cincinnati has had a white Christmas. According to the graphic, from 1952 to 2021, Cincinnati has had only 12 years out of 70 where there was at least 1 inch of snow on the ground. There were 10 years when there was no snow on the ground, but we received snowfall.

The last year Cincinnati had a “full” white Christmas, as in 3 inches of snow or more on the ground, was 2010. 2020 was the last year there was snowfall on Christmas.

It’s even less likely we’ll get an accumulating snowfall on Christmas here. According to another chart from NWS Wilmington, from 1893 to 2021, there was just one year when Christmas Day saw a snowfall of 3 inches or more. There were just six years in the same time period we received between an inch and 2.9 inches. And according to a climatology map from NWS Wilmington, Cincinnati’s chances of at least an inch of snow on Christmas falls between 10-25%.

However, according to Local 12 meteorologist Paul Poteet, the next big weathermaker will bring the Tri-State snow next Thursday. And if that’s the case, it’ll stick around through Christmas Day. C’mon, Mother Nature!


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