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PHOTOS: 'Sparkling' Snow Creates a White Christmas for Many

By Meghan Evans, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist
December 27, 2013; 6:05 AM

A white Christmas occurred for many areas of the U.S. in 2013, including in the Rockies, portions of the Plains, Upper Midwest and northern New England.

Fresh snow was coating the ground on Christmas from Minnesota and Wisconsin to northern Illinois and Michigan, with amounts above 3 inches in some areas.

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Meanwhile, last weekend's storm left behind enough snow for a rare white Christmas across portions of Missouri and Kansas, where the chance for a white Christmas based on climatology ranges from 10-25 percent.

Snow is covering 41.7 percent of the U.S. on Dec. 25, 2013. An inch of snow on the ground qualifies as a white Christmas, according to NOAA. (Snow Depth Map/NWS).

Kansas City had 4 inches of snow on the ground in the morning, so it was officially a white Christmas. According to the National Weather Service office in Kansas City, this was the 21st white Christmas in 124 years of record keeping.

It's a white Christmas in Wichita, Kan., this year. (Twitter Photo/@CoachS1).

A sparkling white Christmas in Wichita, Kan. (Photo/AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Senior Vice President Mike Smith).

An icy and white Christmas in Madison, Wis. (Facebook Photo/Judy Pederson).

Upstate New York is buried under snow in this white Christmas photo. (Facebook Photo/Kathy Moulton).

A dog enjoys the white Christmas in West Point, N.Y. (Facebook Photo/Denise Webster Cochenour).

Snow covering the ground on Christmas in Lindenhurst, Ill. (Facebook Photo/Cathy Nestor).

Snow falling at Carlson Farm in west-central Minnesota. (Twitter Photo/@Alsfarm).

A snowy scene at Carlson Farm in west-central Minnesota. (Twitter Photo/@Alsfarm).

White Christmas morning captured in Maine. (Twitter Photo/@merlinmaine).

Fresh snow creates a white Christmas in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. (Twitter Photo/@BadRich99).

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