Illinois White Christmas? Your Chances For Snow on December 25
We're less than two weeks away from the big day when the jolly man in the big red suit jumps aboard his sleigh, but will Mr. Claus be flying through snowflakes when he makes his rounds through the Midwest?
If you're dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know, here are the current predictions for a snowfall while you're opening gifts this year.
According to the current extended forecast from The Weather Channel, there are a couple of chances for significant snowfall before we get to December 25 in Rockford.
Current Weather Channel forecasts say snow showers are possible beginning this Thursday evening (12/15) with an expected accumulation of around one inch by Friday morning and temperatures dipping below freezing and staying there through at least Christmas.
Another round of snow is expected on December 21 and 22 for the Rockford and Chicagoland area with 3 to 9+ inches of snowfall accumulation possible through Friday, December 23, according to current Weather Channel forecasts.
What are the chances we will have a White Christmas this year?
Low temperatures will get into the single digits and there's currently around a 15 percent chance of snowfall on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for Rockford, and a 25 percent chance of snow around Chicago, according to the latest Weather Channel predictions.
When checking the Farmers Almanac regarding our chances of a White Christmas in the Illinois and Wisconsin area, Rockford and Chicago are in the 40 to 50 percent chance range of having up to an inch of snow on Christmas Day.
The historical probability of a white Christmas goes up to 60 percent for the Beloit, Janesville, and Madison areas say the Farmers Almanac.
Snow is the least of our worries. Bitter cold temperatures will set in this upcoming weekend with highs in the upper 20s and teens. Lows in Rockford will be in the single digits beginning Thursday night, December 22 through Christmas night.