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The facts behind a White Christmas

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CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. - With Christmas now just around the corner, everyone is crossing off the items on their checklist of things to do before the holiday. But there's one item left to be crossed off for everyone, and that one item can only be checked off by Mother Nature.

Christmas lights on? Check. Presents under the tree? Check. Santa Claus ready for deliveries? Check. A White Christmas....well, maybe.

According to NOAA, the national oceanic and atmospheric administration, the official definition of a White Christmas is having at least one inch of snow on the ground on December 25.

So how often does this happen for us? Well for Albany, there is a 48 percent chance, or in other words about every other year. Meanwhile, Glens Falls has about a 70 percent chance of a White Christmas and parts of the Adirondacks have near a 90 percent chance.

So when was our last White Christmas? For that we don't have to go too far back - In 2009 there was an inch of snow on the ground on December 25. And going back just a little further to 2002, we actually saw more than 19 inches on Christmas Day! Now that's a true White Christmas.

Still, if you're looking for better odds at seeing a little of the white stuff on Christmas, you may have to do some traveling. How about Pinkham Notch, N.H. where there's a 95 percent chance of a White Christmas. Or better yet, Fairbanks, Alaska where every year for at least 50 years, kids have woken up to snow on the ground.

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