Dreams of a white Christmas have been largely just that in the Midlands throughout the years as the area has only experienced traces of snow on Dec. 25. Here is a look at some of the snowfall totals on and around Christmas Day.
• Before the National Weather Service started keeping detailed records for Columbia, snow did fall here on Christmas Day 1872, according to Cary Mock, a USC geography professor who does historical weather research,
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• Some areas in the southern Midlands received a trace of snow on Christmas 1989, but Columbia didn't officially have snow at Columbia Metropolitan Airport.
• The only official snowfall on Christmas in Columbia was a trace in 1924, according to National Weather Service records going back to 1887.
• There was snow on the ground on Christmas in the Columbia area in 1935 (4.0 inches fell on Dec. 22) and 1993 (2.3 inches fell on Dec. 23).
• A trace of snow fell on Christmas Eve in 1998, and sleet fell on Christmas in 2004.
• In 2010, the snow just missed Christmas, with 1.8 inches falling on Dec. 26.
There won't be Christmas snow this year, but lingering rain is forecast to end Christmas Eve. Christmas Day is forecast to be sunny and cold in the Midlands, with lows in the lower 30s and highs in the upper 50s.