This website shows how close you are to the nearest white Christmas

Dec 19 2018, 2:45 am

There’s nothing quite as magical as waking up on Christmas morning to see your city blanketed in snow.

It’s the perfect excuse to head outside and relive your childhood by spending hours playing in the snow (post-opening presents, of course).

But what are your chances for getting a white Christmas in 2018?

Well, it’s now a heck of a lot easier to find out if your city is going to have a white Christmas thanks to a handy online calculator that tells you your city’s chance of having a snowy December 25 in addition to suggesting the closest city with a bigger chance of having a snowfall on the big day.

The Omni white Christmas calculator uses 30 years of climate research from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with the National Weather Service Report from 2017 to make its predictions.

And clearly people don’t call Canada the ‘Great White North’ for no reason, the calculator revealed that there are a number of Canadian cities that have a 100% chance of a white Christmas this year including Iqaluit, Kenora, Whitehorse, Winnipeg, and Yellowknife.

As for Canada’s major cities, Montreal has the best chance, followed by Calgary, Toronto and then Vancouver.

Vancouver weather forecast

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Coastal Vancouver has the least chances of having snow on the ground on the 25th of December. The probability is, unfortunately, only 10%.

Vancouverites dreaming of a white Christmas have a better chance waking up to snow in Prince George (90%), Kamloops and Kelowna (55%), and Penticton (30%).


Calgary snow/Shutterstock

As for Calgary, there’s a 60% chance of residents waking up to a yard full of snow. However, Regina has a 90% chance, followed by Edmonton and Saskatoon (85%), and Grand Prairie (80%).



Toronto has a 45% chance of having at least 2 cm of snow on the big day. Torontonians looking for snow might wake up to some in Hamilton and Barrie (65%) or Buttonville and Kitchener-Waterloo (55%).

snowfall warning

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Out of the major cities, Montreal has the greatest chance of having a white Christmas this year, with 70% probability of having at least 2 cm of snow.

Nearby cities with a greater chance of snow are Timmins (95%), Quebec City and Sudbury (90%), and Sault Ste Marie (85%).

Check out the white Christmas calculator to find out if your city has a real chance for a snowy December 25 this year.

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