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Chances good for 4th “brown” Christmas in a row in La Crosse



The song “White Christmas” is about being somewhere without snow on the holiday, and wishing you had snow, and that’s how many people in La Crosse might feel this Friday, with a possibilty of light snow but not the inch or more on the ground which qualifies as a “white Christmas.” 

Forecaster Jeff Makowski at La Crosse’s National Weather Service says snow may start to fall tonight, but it’s not likely to add up to an inch in the city.

La Crosse’s snowiest Christmas on record was 10 years ago, in 2010…when the city had 19 inches of snow on the ground. 

The last Christmas with an inch of snow cover in La Crosse was 2016, and four years in a row without a white Christmas would be a modern record. 

The weather service says La Crosse has had a white Christmas 70 per cent of the time since the 1890’s.   

La Crosse also had three non-white Christmases from 1911 to 1913, followed by three straight years of snowy holidays.


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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