White Christmas for Rockies, Denver, Salt Lake City

By Courtney Spamer, Meteorologist
December 25, 2012; 5:59 AM
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For Christmas, the Rockies and cities surrounding got some holiday snow.

A "White Christmas" is commonly defined as having a snow depth of an inch or more of snow on the ground. The eastern Rockies certainly meet that criteria on Christmas Eve and into Christmas Day.

A low pressure over northern Utah the morning of Christmas Eve continued to move to the southeast through Christmas Day.

Snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches fell in the Salt Lake City area, followed by an additional inch or so in the evening before the low moved away.

Denver was lucky enough to actually have falling snow for Christmas Day.

Light snow will started in Denver late on Monday afternoon, with an inch or two of snow accumulating overnight. For Christmas morning, snow was still falling, allowing for another inch of accumulation.

Throughout the states of Utah and Colorado, colder temperatures moved in Christmas Day with mostly cloudy skies. Some sun pushed through the clouds in Utah during the afternoon.

Climatologically, a White Christmas is not as common in Denver as one may think.

The Mile High City has close to a 50 percent chance of having snow on Christmas, while the mountains just to the west have an even higher probability.

As explained in her article about the Probability of a White Christmas in the US, meteorologist Megan Evans explains that the Rockies has one of the highest chances of having a White Christmas in the United States.

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