Growing up in Howell, I never really thought much about having a white Christmas because we almost always had some snow on the ground.

As a young adult, I moved to Grand Rapids to work at a country radio station, and the first winter I got to experience lake effect snow, it put a whole new meaning to a white Christmas.

Then a few years ago, I lost my job at the start of the pandemic and ended up with a job in San Antonio, Texas, and it was a dramatic shock to wake up Christmas morning and have no snow on the ground.

What Are The Chances of Michigan Having a White Christmas in 2022?

We've already had some heavy snowfall in 2022, but will that fluffy white stuff be here on Christmas day?

Most of Michigan has a good chance of seeing a white Christmas, depending on your definition.


For some people, a light dusting covering the grass counts, but for the National Weather Service,
a white Christmas is having at least one inch of snow on the ground.

Credit: NWS
Credit: NWS

What Parts Of Michigan Have The Best Chance Of A White Christmas?

These are the chances of having a White Christmas depending on where you live in Michigan.

  • Detroit has a 35% chance
  • Dundee has a 42% chance
  • Saginaw has a 46% chance
  • Lansing and Flint have a 51% chance
  • Grand Rapids has a 56% chance
  • Muskegon has a 57% chance
  • North of Houghton Lake and Cadillac 75% chance
  • Traverse City, Charlevoix, and Petoskey 75% chance
  • Marquette has a 96% chance
  • Bergland Dam has a 98% chance
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a white Christmas and that Santa put me on his nice list this year.

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