2008-12-25 / Features

Want Snow For Christmas?

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) - Dreaming of a White Christmas in the Northeast?

You might want to head to Pinkham Notch, N.H., or maybe upstate New York or the northern reaches of Maine or Vermont.

Cornell University"s Northeast Regional Climate Center released its list Wednesday of places in the region likely to have at least an inch of snow on the ground on Christmas.

No. 1? Pinkham Notch, N.H. - home of Mount Washington.

"It"s snowing furiously right now and we have multiple inches on the ground," said Nick Matthews at the Appalachian Mountain Club"s Joe Dodge Lodge at the base of Mount Washington.

More than 2 feet already is on the ground in Tuckerman Ravine, on the mountain, he said Wednesday.

Things look pretty good for the Cornell prediction. More snow is forecast Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with daytime highs in the Pinkham Notch area expected in the 20s.

For the record, Cornell says the probability of 1 inch of snow on the ground for Christmas is 95 percent in the notch.

Rounding out the top five are two spots in upstate New York: Boonville, at 94 percent and Old Forge at 92; Caribou, Maine, at 92 percent; and St. Johnsbury, Vt., at 89 percent.

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