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Christmas Weather forecast: White, Wet, or What?

Will the flakes fly for Christmas? See what we're forecasting for your holiday weekend.

Note: We update our seasonal weather forecasts once a year, so be sure to bookmark this page or signup for our newsletter to get updates!

Christmas is just about here, and each year we provide our readers with our predictions for the holiday. Christmas falls on a Friday in 2020 so we hope you’ll have a nice, relaxing weekend. And, ‘tis the season, more than ever, to wish for a white Christmas—the perfect antidote for an imperfect year. Who will get a White Christmas? See what we’re forecasting for Thursday, December 24th (Christmas Eve) to Sunday, December 27th, 2020:

United States Christmas Forecast

Zone 1 – Northeast & New England

New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C.

Fair and cold for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Zone 2 – Great Lakes, Ohio Valley & Midwest

Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin

Increasingly cloudy skies for the Christmas holiday weekend.

Zone 3 – Southeast

Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida

Expect a fair but unseasonably cold Yuletide. Frosts can be expected down to the Gulf Coast.

Zone 4 – North Central

Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana

Fair, then stormy, with heavy snow over the Rockies and Plains. Looks like a White Christmas!

Zone 5 – South Central

Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico

Ho Ho Ho! Fair, then stormy.

Zone 6 – Northwest

Washington, Oregon, Idaho

Very unsettled weather for your holiday weekend.

Zone 7 – Southwest

California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona

Fair, then turning very unsettled for Christmas.

Be sure to check the detailed forecasts for your U.S. zone here.

What’s in store for the rest of the winter, January-March 2021? Read our extended forecast here.

Canada Christmas Forecast

A lone decorated and lit Christmas Tree stands in front of a dark, snowy forest.

Here’s what we’re predicting for your Christmas and Boxing Day holidays for December 24–27th, 2020:

Zone 1

Newfoundland, Labrador

Considerable cloudiness, with some spotty light snow or flurries for Christmas and Boxing Day

Zone 2

Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec

A freezing rain and ice storm arrives in time for Christmas and Boxing Day.

Zone 3


Freezing rain and ice during the Christmas/Boxing Day holidays.

Zone 4

Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan

Fair, then turning stormy with heavy snow in Rockies and out over the Prairies during the Christmas/Boxing Day holiday

Zone 5

British Columbia

Very unsettled for Christmas/Boxing Day.

Be sure to check the detailed forecasts for your Canadian zone here.

Doing any skiing this holiday? Be sure to check out our 2020-2021 Canadian winter weather forecast!

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