What are the chances of a white Christmas in Tulsa?

TULSA, Okla. — Most people would love to wake up Christmas morning to a fresh blanket of snow, but that’s not often the reality in Oklahoma.

“Let It Snow,” “Winter Wonderland,” “White Christmas” and countless other holiday songs tease us with the possibility of a snowy Christmas every year. In Tulsa, we only see an average of about 10 inches of snow per year.

The chances of that ever happening on or around Christmas are slim. How slim?

Try 7%.

That averages out to once every 15 years or so, meaning 93% of our Christmases aren’t so white at all.

However, Tulsa did get lucky at the start of the century. We were treated to three white Christmases in one decade: 2000, 2002 and 2009.

Northeast Oklahoma faced blizzard conditions on Christmas Eve 2009 with wind gusts of up to 50 mph. It marked the first time a blizzard warning was issued for Tulsa County.

6 inches of snow was measured that Christmas morning. More than enough to build a snowman or two.

Before that decade of white Christmases hit, you have to go back to 1983 before you’ll find another one.

Other fun facts about white Christmases in Green Country:

  • Since 1893, measurable snow has fallen on Christmas Day only 6 times with trace amounts an additional 7 times.
  • The most snow to fall on Christmas Day was in 1975 with just over an inch!
  • In 2002, the snow was measured at 6 inches deep but in 2000 it was only 1 inch deep.