National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce
Based on records from 1901 to 2013 from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport

Christmas Normals:
  • Average high temperature = 35°F
  • Average low temperature = 21°F
Christmas Snow:  (snowfall and snow depth amounts are incomplete)
  • 41% of Christmas days have an inch or more of snow on the ground (or about 2 out of every 5 years)
  • 12% of Christmas days have an inch or more of snowfall (or about 1 in every 8 years)
  • 29% of Christmas days see more than a trace of snowfall (or about 1 out of every 3 years)
Christmas Extremes:

Highest Maximum Temperature
  Temp Year
1. 62°F 1964
2. 60°F 1979
3. 56°F 1982
4. 56°F 1940
5. 56°F 1932
Highest Minimum Temperature
  Temp Year
1. 45°F 1964
2. 43°F 1932
3. 41°F 1987
4. 41°F 1979
5. 41°F 1936
Lowest Maximum Temperature
  Temp Year
1. 4°F 1983
2. 8°F 1980
3. 12°F 1968
4. 16°F 1958
5. 17°F 2000
Lowest Minimum Temperature
  Temp Year
1. -7°F 1980
2. -7°F 1969
3. -5°F 1983
4. 5°F 1968
5. 6°F 2000 + 1906


Most Snowfall on Christmas Day
  1. 3.8 inches in 1909
  2. 3.7 inches in 1904
  3. 2.6 inches in 1993
  4. 2.2 inches in 1978
  5. 2.1 inches in 1985
Most Snow on Ground on Christmas Day
  1. 12 inches in 1969
  2. 8 inches in 1995, 1966, 1930
  3. 6 inches in 1963, 1961, 1915 
Two-day Snowfall (Christmas Eve /Christmas Day)
  1. 15.0 inches in 2002
  2. 6.9 inches in 1966
  3. 5.5 inches in 1961
  4. 4.1 inches in 1978
  5. 3.0 inches in 1980
Liquid Equiv. Precipitation
  1. 0.89 inches in 2002
  2. 0.62 inches in 1965
  3. 0.57 inches in 2005
  4. 0.56 inches in 1979
  5. 0.38 inches in 1978