A rare White Christmas descends on Metro Vancouver (PHOTOS)

Dec 25 2021, 7:53 pm

All areas of Metro Vancouver have woken up to a rare White Christmas, after snow began falling late Christmas Eve.

This is only Vancouver’s fourth White Christmas in the past quarter century, with 2008 being the last major snowfall event coinciding with Christmas.

According to Environment Canada records, Vancouver’s greatest snowfall on Christmas Day was in 1971 when 17.5 cm fell, while 2008 saw the most snow on the ground with 41 cm.

On Christmas Eve, yesterday, Environment Canada’s main Vancouver weather station at Vancouver International Airport recorded 6.9 cm of snow.

The latest forecast as of 11 am today indicates the likelihood of snowfall remains high throughout Christmas Day and into the early morning hours of December 26. Up to an additional 4 cm of snowfall can be expected today for areas near the moderating effects of sea water, with further accumulation in inland areas.

Parts of Metro Vancouver, specifically eastern and higher elevation areas, already saw accumulated snowfall in the days leading up to Christmas Eve.

An arctic outflow warning is currently in effect; expect eastward winds of 20 km/hr, gusting to up to 40 km/hr. Environment Canada warns the outflow winds will create wind chill values of -20°C and below.

“Temperatures will remain well below seasonal and will bottom out near record cold temperatures next week,” reads the weather warning.

 

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