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Could Vancouver be getting a White Christmas? There's a chance

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DH Vancouver Staff Dec 13, 2016 4:12 am 6,165

The recent snowfall in Vancouver has resulted in transit delays, bridge closures, and stuck vehicles. 

But let’s face it, a white Christmas in Vancouver would be lovely, wouldn’t it?

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According to Environment Canada meteorologist Armel Castellan, there could be a chance of seeing snow on the ground on December 25. “This year, because we have such a strong ridge of very cold air the chances of (seeing a white Christmas) are definitely increased, but there is still no guarantee,” Castellan told Daily Hive.

Historically speaking, Vancouver usually has a 10% chance having snow on the ground  on Christmas. The chance of snowfall in Vancouver on Christmas Day drops down to 4%.

“This year in particular because there is snow on the ground and we are well ensconced in this very strong ridge of Arctic air pushing all the way to the coast, we are seeing colder than normal temperatures over the course of the last few days and even more so over the next few days,” Castellan said.

“What snow is present, it will have a very good chance of staying because it is so cold.”

The next snowfall for Vancouver is scheduled for Sunday, December 18. According to the Weather Network’s 14-day forecast, there is a chance of flurries on Christmas Day in Vancouver.

The Weather Network's Vancouver Christmas Forecast

The Weather Network’s Vancouver Christmas Forecast

But Castellan says the forecast is unpredictable. “Right now to actually forecast all the way forward to Christmas–which is a good week and a half away– is very difficult,” Castellan said. “I think there is a chance we are going to see something falling from the sky but it will just a matter of whether or not those temperatures happen to be dipping just below 0 degrees to have a fall of snow.”

We will just have to keep our fingers crossed for a white Christmas.


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