RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - If you’re dreaming of a White Christmas, keep dreaming. Santa will need wheels on his sleigh this year in Virginia, because no snow is expected between now and Christmas Day in the commonwealth.
The overall weather pattern will keep mild conditions prevailing all week into the weekend .
High temperatures are expected to reach the 50s Christmas Eve and near 50 Christmas Day
The good news is the mild temperatures will come with dry weather. Travel weather looks about as good as it gets across the Central and Eastern United States for late December, with no major storms expected through Christmas Day.
Here is some cool climate data compiled by the NWS Wakefield for Richmond for Christmas Day:
Historically, Richmond has about an 8% chance of a White Christmas in any given year. A White Christmas is defined as having 1 inch of snow or more on the ground on Christmas morning at 7 a.m.
The last time there was officially a White Christmas in Richmond was 10 years ago in 2009.
The snowiest Christmas ever was in 1914 when 5.1 inches of snow fell. The warmest was just a few years ago in 2015 when we reached 75 degrees for a high temperature. The coldest was back in 1983 when it was 3 degrees.
On average, the month of December has become almost 2 degrees warmer in Richmond since 1970.
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