The Weather Network

December 22, 2008 10:46 ET

A Cold, and Mostly White, Christmas for Canada According to The Weather Network

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 22, 2008) - With the holidays just a few days away, the team of over 40 meteorologists at The Weather Network is providing Canadians with a look at the chance that their area will have snow on the ground for December 25th.

Most areas of Canada will have a White Christmas

Winter has started with a deep freeze across many parts of Canada, and with snow on the ground across 95% of the country, a white Christmas is on the way for most Canadians. Western Canada has been locked into cold arctic air for more than a week, and that trend will continue through Boxing Day especially across the Prairies. Even the B.C. Coast, usually a relative oasis in the winter months, has been hit with significant snow and cold temperatures. East of the Prairies, temperatures have been somewhat milder, but recent snow means that most of Ontario and Quebec will have a white Christmas. The one exception is the East Coast where a messy mix of precipitation may dash white Christmas hopes in some areas along the Atlantic shoreline of Nova Scotia and over the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland.

Historical Chance of a White Christmas

Historically, Thunder Bay and Quebec City have the highest probability of snow on the ground for the holiday, along with the Territorial cities of Whitehorse, Iqaluit and Yellowknife. At the other end of the scale are Vancouver and Victoria with just an 11% chance of snow on the ground.

Historical Chance of a White Christmas



Quebec City - 100%
Fredericton - 85%
Yellowknife - 100%
Ottawa - 83%
Whitehorse - 100%
Montreal - 80%
Iqaluit - 100%
London - 74%
Thunder Bay - 100%
St. John's - 65%
Saskatoon - 98%
Calgary - 59%
Winnipeg - 98%
Halifax - 59%
Sudbury - 96%
Toronto - 57%
Brandon - 93%
Windsor - 41%
Regina - 91%
Prince Rupert - 13%
Edmonton - 88%
Vancouver - 11%
Charlottetown - 87%
Victoria - 11%


For complete forecast details for December 25th and throughout the holiday season, Canadians can tune into The Weather Network or visit theweathernetwork.com. Users of mobile devices can visit mobile.theweathernetwork.com.

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