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Chance of White Christmas in Vancouver?

DH Vancouver Staff Dec 19, 2013 12:45 pm

Significant snowfall is forecasted for Metro Vancouver beginning tonight, just five days before Christmas. However, what is the chance we will also see a ‘white Christmas’?

The Weather Network’s meteorologists believe that most Canadians will be in a for a white Christmas this year. However, as usual, residents of the Lower Mainland in British Columbia will likely see another typical green Christmas.

Regions east of the Rocky Mountains and most of the Prairies are guaranteed to see a white Christmas.

In Eastern Canada, from Southern Ontario to the Maritimes, a pre-holiday rainstorm will eat away at recent snow accumulations. Even with the rain, these Eastern Canada regions will still see some snow on the ground on Christmas morning as temperatures will immediately hover well into the sub-zero levels once the warm moisture system passes.

The same cannot be said for British Columbia’s South Coast. Snowfall tonight and into tomorrow afternoon will bring accumulations of between 5 to 10 cms, but it will be followed by consecutive days of rainfall and warm temperatures peaking at 6 degrees Celsius just before Christmas.

If you are looking for a ‘white Christmas’ experience, your best bet at this point will be a visit to either Grouse or Cypress Mountains or a short road trip to Whistler. Up to 20 cms of additional snow is forecasted for Whistler from now until Christmas.

On Christmas Day, clear, sunny skies are likely for the area spanning from Metro Vancouver to Whistler.

Will Santa bring snow to Canada?

Snow in Canada 2013
Source: The Weather Network

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