National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Based on records from 1894 to 2013 from the NWS Elmira Cooperative Observer


Christmas Normals (1981-2010):

  • Average high temperature = 35°F
  • Average low temperature = 18°F

Christmas Snow:

  • 46% of Christmas days have an inch or more of snow on the ground (or about 1 out of every 2 years)
  • 11% of Christmas days have an inch or more of snowfall (or about 1 out of every 9 years)
  • 14% of Christmas days see more than a trace of snowfall (or about 1 out of every 7 years)

Christmas Extremes:



Highest Maximum Temperature
  Temp Year
1. 63°F 1982
2. 63°F 1932
3. 58°F 1895
4. 57°F 1965 + 1936
5. 56°F 1964
Highest Minimum Temperature
  Temp Year
1. 43°F 1895
2. 40°F 1979
3. 38°F 1918
4. 37°F 1982 + 1964
5. 37°F 1936
Lowest Maximum Temperature
  Temp Year
1. 10°F 1983
2. 14°F 1969
3. 21°F 1999 + 1992
4. 21°F 1906
5. 22°F 1989
Lowest Minimum Temperature
  Temp Year
1. -16°F 1980
2. -10°F 1969
3. -2°F 1983
4. 0°F 1960
5. 4°F 1975 + 1897


Most Snowfall on Christmas Day
  1. 10.2 inches in 1978
  2. 4.5 inches in 1966
  3. 4.2 inches in 1908
  4. 3.0 inches in 1980
  5. 2.5 inches in 1935, 1934, 1920
Most Snow on Ground on Christmas Day
  1. 10 inches in 1978
  2. 9 inches in 1969
  3. 7 inches in 1995
    7 inches in 1962
    7 inches in 1960, 1945
Two-day Snowfall (Christmas Eve /Christmas Day)
  1. 10.2 inches in 1978
  2. 6.0 inches in 1963
  3. 4.5 inches in 1966
  4. 4.2 inches in 1908
  5. 4.0 inches in 1969
Liquid Equiv. Precipitation
  1. 1.31 inches in 1978
  2. 0.66 inches in 2003
  3. 0.60 inches in 1974
  4. 0.53 inches in 1979
  5. 0.48 inches in 2006