Weather Talk: There has been just one Christmas snowstorm
The Christmas Day storm of 2009 was the only truly heavy snowfall in recorded history on Christmas Day in Fargo-Moorhead. Snow on Christmas Day (midnight to midnight) totaled 8 inches, which broke the previous Christmas Day record snow of 3.6 inches set in 1912. It was part of a four-day system of snows totaling more than 17 inches.
It is interesting that Fargo-Moorhead has only had one serious snowfall on Christmas Day since 1881. We have had big snows on the day after Christmas, as well as a couple of days before. There have been several nasty blizzards on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. But other than 2009, there has not been a heavy snowstorm on Christmas Day.
Last year, if you recall, a serious ice storm developed Christmas Day. Almost three-quarters of an inch of water fell as freezing rain and sleet, making travel almost impossible.