National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Based on records from 1903 to 2013 at the Syracuse Hancock International Airport


Christmas Normals:
  • Average high temperature = 34°F
  • Average low temperature = 19°F
Christmas Snow:
  • 62% of Christmas days have an inch or more of snow on the ground (or about 3 out of every 5 years)
  • 28% of Christmas days have an inch or more of snowfall (or about 2 in every 7 years)
  • 40% of Christmas days see more than a trace of snowfall (or about 2 out of every 5 years)
Christmas Extremes:

Highest Maximum Temperature
  Temp Year
1. 66°F 1932
2. 64°F 1964
3. 61°F 1940
4. 60°F 1982
5. 55°F 1979
Highest Minimum Temperature
  Temp Year
1. 46°F 1932
2. 45°F 1964
3. 38°F 1979
4. 38°F 1936
5. 37°F 1987
Lowest Maximum Temperature
  Temp Year
1. 9°F 1983
2. 9°F 1958
3. 11°F 1968
4. 14°F 1904
5. 15°F 1919 + 1914
Lowest Minimum Temperature
  Temp Year
1. -22°F 1980
2. -3°F 1983
3. -3°F 1969
4. -3°F 1958
5. -2°F 2013


Most Snowfall on Christmas Day
  1. 15.6 inches in 1978
  2. 10.2 inches in 2002
  3. 7.1 inches in 1951
  4. 6.9 inches in 1966
  5. 6.6 inches in 1950
Most Snow on Ground on Christmas Day
  1. 17 inches in 1929
  2. 12 inches in 1978
  3. 12 inches in 1963
  4. 11 inches in 1980
  5. 11 inches in 1951
Two-day Snowfall (Christmas Eve /Christmas Day)
  1. 17.5 inches in 1978
  2. 11.4 inches in 2002
  3. 10.0 inches in 1930
  4. 7.9 inches in 1966
  5. 7.7 inches in 1950
Liquid Equiv. Precipitation
  1. 1.11 inches in 1978
  2. 0.88 inches in 2006
  3. 0.62 inches in 1965
  4. 0.59 inches in 1951
  5. 0.57 inches in 2002