ITHACA, N.Y. (CBS/AP) — Climate experts at Cornell University have made their annual predictions about the probability of a white Christmas, while noting that December is shaping up as the 12th month in a row of above-normal temperatures in the Northeast.

Pinkham Notch, N.H., tops the list from the Northeast Regional Climate Center with a 95 percent probability of an inch or more of snow on the ground on Dec. 25.

New York City gets a 12 percent chance of a white Christmas.

Cornell Climatologist Jessica Rennells said Wednesday the predictions are based on a 50-year average.

With above-normal temperatures expected to continue in the Northeast for the next week or two, Rennells says the real odds of a snowy holiday are likely lower than the long-term trend would suggest.

Here is the probability of one inch of snow or more on the ground on December 25th for the following New England cities and towns:

Town Chance Of Snow
Pinkham Notch,NH 95
Caribou, ME 90
St. Johnsbury,VT 89
Norfolk,CT 79
Ashburnham 74
Concord,NH 73
Burlington,VT 70
Portland,ME 66
Providence 30
Bridgeport,CT 27
Boston 20

WBZ NewsRadio’s Mary Blake talks to Keith Eggelston at the Northeast Regional Climate Center

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