Warm Spell Kills White Christmas Chance [AUDIO]
If you're dreaming of a white Christmas, keep dreaming.
There will not be much snow on the ground come the holiday, according to the State Climatologist.
Dr. David Robinson said a warm spell through the weekend and into Christmas killed any chance of a picturesque white holiday.
The lack of white stuff isn't unusual, as Robinson noted that the state very rarely has any snow on Christmas.
"Once every 15 years on the Southern Coast, once every five years in the Central and Northeast part of the state, and maybe once every three years in the Northwest part of the state," Robinson explained.
New Jersey's location in the middle latitudes, as well as the coastal climate, is to blame for keeping the snow away in the early parts of winter, according to the climatologist.
However, if you are looking for some snow to accompany you during Christmas, Robinson said you don't need to go too far.
"You only have to go Upstate New York, which much more commonly gets a white Christmas," he said. "It's not a guarantee, but they get it more often. Even the hills of North Jersey see a white Christmas once every three years."
While the state already saw some record snow fall compared to last winter, Robinson said it's not indicator of what the rest of the season will be.
"It's difficult enough to forecast temperatures, it's worse to forecast how much precipitation is going to fall, and worse yet, to forecast whether it's going to fall as rain or snow."