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Which parts of Norway will see a white Christmas this year?

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Which parts of Norway will see a white Christmas this year?
Snow is expected to fall heavily in Northern Norway. Photo by Håkon Sataøen on Unsplash

Those hoping for crisp white snow in Norway on Christmas may be in for a treat this year, except for those in one part of the country. 

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Many associate Christmas and Norway with snow, yet a white Christmas in the country isn’t always guaranteed in the Scandinavian country. 

While forecasters have said there is still a lot of uncertainty, some parts of the country may be in for a rare treat. 

“Maybe it will be a white Christmas in those places where it isn’t usually a white Christmas,” Erik Kolstad, a climate researcher at the NORCE Institute and the Bjerknes Centre, told the newspaper VG

Additionally, there was around a 90 percent probability that the country would see a colder-than-normal December. 

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However, cold weather isn’t enough, for a white Christmas proper, precipitation- namely snow- is key. 

Climate Scientists from Climate Futures, which have worked to put together the first Christmas forecasts, said that, surprisingly, western Norway was unlikely to see much precipitation. 

The forecast looks better for the rest of the country, though. 

“But it will take a lot for there to be no precipitation before Christmas at all. On the whole, it looks more promising than an average year,” Kolstad said. 

With Christmas still being weeks away, the forecasts are still long-term, meaning a lot could change between now and Christmas.

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute has also had a crack at predicting where there could be a white Christmas this year. 

It calculated which areas have had the most white Christmases over the past 30 years to determine which areas are most snow-sure. The inner regions of eastern Norway, the Finnmark Plateau and mountainous areas were the surest bets, according to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute. 

Below you can see in percentages which parts of Norway have had the snowiest Christmases 

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