If you're dreaming of a white Christmas, you're going to have to travel some miles to find it.

As of Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service had posted its local forecasts for Saturday, December 25.

As much as I dislike being the bearer of bad news, I regret to inform you that northeast Missouri and western Illinois can expect sunny skies Saturday with a high around 52.

According to Weather.com, the best chance of a White Christmas - by definition, at least one inch of snow on the ground on December 25 - is in the Rockies from Arizona and New Mexico north, and across the northern tier of states from Washington to Maine.

Statistically, our part of the Midwest has about a 20 percent chance of snow on any given Christmas Day. Since 1893, St. Louis has had 22 white Christmases, with the last one in 2017.

If you'd like to plan ahead and travel to whatever U.S. location has the best chance of a white Christmas, the answer should be obvious. Since 1929, Fairbanks, Alaska has had only one year that there was not at least an inch of snow on the ground for Christmas Day.

Alternate destinations likely to be snow covered are Anchorage, Alaska, Marquette, Michigan and Duluth, Minnesota.

Hey, here's an idea. The folks who gave you the continuous Yule Log Fireplace Channel could do something similar for those who have their hearts set on snow. I can see it now - the Gently Falling Snow Outside a Big Picture Window Channel.

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