Call us crazy, but Christmas just doesn’t feel like Christmas unless there’s snow on the ground. It’s the season of hot chocolate, skating and rosy cheeks, after all.
That’s why it may come as a disappointment that the majority of Canadians will likely not see snow on the ground when they wake up Christmas morning. In fact, some cities are primed to experience some of the warmest temperatures they’ve ever recorded on Dec. 25.
Quebec City, for example, which typically carries a whopping 98 per cent chance of a white Christmas, will likely be green and wet this year. Toronto, meanwhile, has practically been baking with temperatures averaging about six degrees above the norm. This will be the case for most major cities, but the likelihood of seeing snow increases as you travel west. So there is still some hope.
The forecast is calling for snow in many parts of Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. Even Vancouver is due to get a fresh dumping of white powder, just in time to help Santa land his sleigh. And if you live in Manitoba, Winnipeg is expected to see a white Christmas as well.
So what’s the deal with the balmy temperatures everywhere else?
Well, El Niño is messing with jetstreams in the Pacific, leading to lower temperatures and more snow in places you wouldn’t normally see it (ahem, Vancouver). It’s also helping warm the eastern half of the country.
Don’t worry too much though, weather experts expect winter to kick back into full gear shortly after the new year… So enjoy the warmth while it lasts!