At a Glance
Temperatures can get downright frigid on Christmas, and many cities have seen the mercury plummet below zero.
Even in the South, temperatures have dropped below the freezing mark – and below zero in some areas.
Although chilly conditions are generally required for snow, which many hope to wake up to on Christmas, few dream of a cold Christmas. Nevertheless, it can get quite cold on Christmas Day in the U.S. – even across the southern tier.
Cooler air is increasingly likely for many cities in the eastern half of the country on Christmas, many of which saw relatively mild conditions on Christmas last year.
However, this arctic air is not expected to be record-breaking, which may have you wondering how cold these Christmas Day records really are.
Below, we highlight the coldest temperatures on record for several U.S. cities.
Many cities in the Northeast have seen the mercury drop below zero on Christmas. Several locations have lows in the minus 20s as the coldest temperature on record for Christmas Day, including Syracuse, New York, Burlington, Vermont, and Caribou, Maine.
The coldest high temperatures on record for the day are also subzero in those three cities. Burlington only reached minus 5 degrees in 1980, while Syracuse topped out at minus 2 degrees that same year.