Dreaming of a...Brown Christmas?

By KBJR News 1

December 26, 2012 Updated Dec 26, 2012 at 12:13 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Many people around the Northland have been dreaming of a white Christmas, but unfortunately we are seeing different color.

So far this year about 21 inches of snow fell in Duluth.

That's about eight inches less compared to normal winters.

Usually we'd have about 29 inches of snow.

"Definitely wish there was more snow, I mean...snow is the name of the game, the more snow the better," said Garick Engle.

One reason for the lack of snow this year, the average temperatures for 2012 have been warmer.

In November we saw temperatures two degrees warmer than usual.

"The natural snow fall of course is always a benefit, we love that, we love to see some any day soon now, but as far as the snow making progress, we are about 80 percent open so we are right on track for a great season and we are excited about it," said Renee Mattson the executive director at Spirit Mountain.

" Runs are good, yeah it's been a lot of fun getting out with the family and yeah just enjoying the weather. It's a little cold, but yeah, it's been a good day," said Lowell Engle.

A day not spoiled by a lack of snow.

The tubing park at Spirit Mountain is also fully covered in snow which opened up Christmas day.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.