Environment Canada predicts 'perfect Christmas' weather

"As you trend west from Victoria up the Malahat and through interior portions of Vancouver Island, accumulations near 5-10 cm are expected, which will have impacts on travel through the region", The Weather Network's meteorology team warns.

The weather agency issued a special statement Saturday afternoon, saying the snow will come from a system south of the Great Lakes.

Icy temperatures and heavy snowfall are in the forecast for many Canadians on Christmas Eve, setting the stage for a wintry Christmas across much of the country on Monday. Hamiltonians will see five to 10 centimetres of snow, except along the Lakeshore, where there will be 15 centimetres. Environment Canada suggests adjusting travel plans if possible. Heavier snow is expected in some areas, including the GTA. Cold brisk winds on Christmas Day will likely create some local blowing snow as well. Wind speeds are expected to be 40km/h, gusting to 70km/h with temperatures at a high of -4 C. Snow is expected to begin Sunday afternoon with the bulk of snowfall coming at night.

There have been a handful of "perfect Christmases" - when more than two centimetres of snow have accumulated by Christmas Day - in the Lower Mainland since 1955. Winds will be heavy, gusting to 70 km/h by noon with a high of -5 C. "Travelers should adjust their driving in the presence of reduced visibility in blowing snow".

  • Rogelio Becker