Weather service calls for possible Pickens County White Christmas

COUNTY — Are you dreaming of a White Christmas, the kind Bing Crosby croons so tenderly in his version of Irving Berlin’s famous song?

If so, it appears as though you may get your wish. December 25, 2010, will be a date recorded in Pickens County history if National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts are accurate.

According to the NWS, precipitation in the form of snow could begin falling at its heaviest point on Friday night for Christmas Eve. The snow would continue into Christmas morning with an accumulation of 3-4 inches expected, according to a NWS representative.

Latest forecasts predict a 50 percent chance of precipitation on Christmas Eve night and a 60 percent chance of precipitation on Christmas Day, with highs around 32 degrees.

Records indicate that the only documented White Christmases in South Carolina’s upstate occurred in the Greenville-Spartanburg area in 1909 and 1947.

On December 25 of these years, Greenville had a record two-inch snowfall.

In 1962, a recorded one inch of snow fell in Greenville on Christmas day; however, it all melted before it reached the ground.

Sources at the National Weather Service have no records of there ever being snow in Pickens County on Christmas Day.

May your day be merry and bright, and may your Christmas 2010 be white!