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Will we see a white Christmas in Southern Colorado?

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With just 20 days until Christmas, the First Alert 5 team is already tracking our chances to see snow when the big day arrives.

The National Weather Service defines a white Christmas as having more than 0.5 inches of snow falling on Christmas day with at least one inch of snow on the ground.

By that definition, the last time Colorado Springs saw a white Christmas was in 1987.

Colorado Springs has had 21 Christmas days with a trace of snow of more, with six Christmas days with an inch of snow or more.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a five percent "climatological chance" of getting at least an inch of snow, with a 17 percent chance of seeing a trace of snow or more.

Colorado Springs has an average high of 42 with a low of 17 degrees on Christmas day. The city has also seen a record high of 67 and a record low of -15.

In Pueblo, the last White Christmas happened in 2000, with 1.8 inches falling throughout the day in the Steel City.

Like Colorado Springs, the National Weather Service lists the chance of a white Christmas in Pueblo at five percent, with a 15 percent chance of seeing a trace of snow or more.

Pueblo has seen seven Christmas days that meet the definition for a white Christmas. The city has seen at least a trace of snow 19 times.

The Steel City has an average high on Christmas of 46 with an average low of 13. Pueblo's record high was 72 in 1971, with a record low of -10 in 1983.

Colorado Springs and Pueblo both see average temperatures in the 40's.

Pueblo has recorded the snowiest Christmas between the two cities. The Steel City saw 5.1 inches of snow in 1957, while the Springs' snowiest Christmas saw just 2.3 inches back in 1911.

Those snowfall records date back to 1888.

Just like last Christmas, Southern Colorado is in a La Niña pattern, which could provide some clues about the weather we could see on the 25th.

Despite La Niña typically bringing Southern Colorado warmer and drier conditions during the winter, we saw precipitation last year, but it wasn't snow.

Colorado Springs received .26 inches of rain with Pueblo seeing more with nearly a half inch of rain from thunderstorms. Pueblo even saw some hail in the area, which was a first for Christmas day in Pueblo.

Despite the fact the precipitation was frozen, it didn't count for a white Christmas.

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