No ‘White Christmas’ For Most Canadians

December 11, 2011 by staff 

No ‘White Christmas’ For Most Canadians, The chances of a white Christmas increase as you head north in Canada, with Yellowknife, Whitehorse and Iqaluit all but guaranteed to see some white stuff on the ground on Dec. 25.

But in the rest of Canada the odds are a lot slimmer, according to Dave Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada.

“Right now if you were an odds maker I’d be betting a few loonies on the fact there will be a few more areas than last year that will be green rather than white this Christmas,” Phillips told

In order to qualify as a “white Christmas” there must be two centimetres of snow on the ground on Dec. 25.

Right now, in addition to White Horse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit, only Ottawa, Winnipeg, Regina and Edmonton have the requisite blanket of snow. And just barely.

Ottawa has two centimetres of snow, but with temperatures of 2 degrees Celcius expected on Thursday the city is likely to return to ‘green’ status in short order.

Winnipeg also has two centimetres, but that’s a far cry from the 14 centimetres normally on the ground in the city that has a 98 per cent chance each year of having a snowy Christmas.

Regina has two centimetres of snow while Edmonton has five centimetres.

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