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PHOTOS: White Christmases to Remember in the US

By Kristen Rodman, Staff Writer.
December 24, 2013; 3:30 AM ET

While the best chance for a white Christmas is in northern New England, Upper Midwest, Rocky Mountains or the Intermountain West on any given year, other areas in the nation have had their share of snow for the holiday.

In 2002, State College, Pa., New York City and most of the tri-state area experienced a white Christmas as a nor'easter moved up the Atlantic Coast. This snowfall aided in making December 2002 the eighth snowiest December on record for State College, as the town received 19.3 inches in total that month.

Two years later on Christmas morning in 2004, farther south in Corpus Christi, Texas, despite having less than a 25 percent chance for a white Christmas, received an unusual snowfall that buried the city. This snowfall made the December of 2004 the snowiest December and snowiest month on record for the city.

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With a total of 20.1 inches, December 2010 became the sixth snowiest December in New York City's history, as a blizzard slammed the city and other parts of the state right in time for Christmas. From 2010 to 2011, the city received 61.9 inches of snow.

This year, a decent snowcover across the Rockies, Upper Midwest and far northern New England will ensure a white Christmas. However, a drastic weekend warmup along the I-95 corridor lessened the chances for a white Christmas. For the latest updates on Christmas day weather, stay tuned to

A woman steps in a puddle while crossing the street at Times Square in New York during a windy snow storm that covered the tri-state area Christmas day, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002. (AP Photo/Larry Levine)

Spruce trees are covered in snow on Dec. 26, 2009, after a blizzard hit Aurelia, Iowa. (Photo courtesy of user PrairieGal)

A home is blanketed in light snow on Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2012, in Kingston, N.Y. (Photo uploaded by user watchscott)

Lewis Smith, age 13, shovels snow as he builds an igloo in front of his home in Overland Park, Kan. Friday, Dec. 25, 2009. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Outdoor Christmas decorations are buried knee-deep in snow on Christmas Eve 2008 in Wauconda, Ill. (Photo uploaded by user Mtnaer)

It was a white Christmas in State College, Pa., in 2002. (Photo taken by AccuWeather Meteorologist Jesse Ferrell).

Jessica Gregory looks to go snow surfing at Cole Park on Corpus Christi Bay, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004. (AP Photo/Eddie Seal)

A Cocker Spaniel enjoys the 2012 Christmas snow in New York. (Photo uploaded by watchscott)

Snow and ice cover the roads in Johnstown, Pa., on Christmas Day 2009. (Photo uploaded by user johnstownwildfire)

With two dogs to help out, an unidentified homeowner clears his walks after a winter storm dumped up to six inches of snow on the metropolitan area to give Denver a white Christmas on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Snow covered the ground in Port Jefferson, N.Y., just one day after Christmas Day. (Photo uploaded by user cris925).

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