Odds of white Christmas in W.Va. 2 in 10

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginians dreaming of a white Christmas are facing long odds.

The state gets at least an inch of snow on Christmas only about two out of every 10 years. Ken Batty of the National Weather Service tells The Charleston Gazette the 20 percent average includes the large portion of West Virginia below 2,000 feet in elevation, including most of state’s cities and towns.

In the state’s extreme Eastern Panhandle, the white Christmas rate is even lower, occurring only about once every 10 years. But in the few towns found at elevations above 3,000 feet, the odds are better than even.

Last year, Christmas was wet and mild across most of West Virginia. Only Davis in Tucker County and Snowshoe in Pocahontas had at least an inch of snow.

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