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It's been a while since snow fell on Christmas in Medford

Have we ever had snow reach the valley floor on Christmas? We know there have been years with snow still left on the ground but that is just not the same as the snowflakes coming down on Christmas morning.

— Nancy, via email

While there have been some days in recent history where a trace of snow fell, the Bing Crosby/Rosemary Clooney variety hasn’t fallen on Christmas day since 1965, according to the National Weather Service.

On that day, seven-tenths of an inch fell in Medford, according to meteorologist Brett Lutz. It was quite the picturesque scene, as nearly three inches fell on Christmas Eve, too.

Records show four-tenths of an inch fell on Christmas in 1954 and 1988, and in 2007, one-tenth of an inch fell. There were 13 other years where a trace amount fell on Christmas, including 2004, 2008 and 2009, though Lutz says some of those trace amounts may have been due to fog seeding.

“I’m a little wary of saying those are completely legitimate,” Lutz said.

For years when snow was already on the ground but didn’t fall Dec. 25, you can look to 1965 and 1998, when an inch was recorded.

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