White Christmas possible in northern RI

For Canadians dreaming of a white Christmas, Mother Nature might have the answer as some potentially troublesome weather is expected in the days leading up to the holiday.

Environment Canada says between five and 10 centimetres are expected on Christmas Eve, with the potential for more in areas closer to Lake Ontario. Near 15 centimetres of snowfall is expected by late afternoon.

"Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become hard to navigate due to accumulating snow", a winter storm warning for Fredericton reads. "Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near-zero at times". A total of 15 to 20 centimetres is expected to hit some regions.

The special weather statement is in effect for much of Southern Ontario - including surrounding areas like Guelph, Erin, Arthur, Mount Forest, Northern Wellington County, and Southern Wellington County. A statement from Environment Canada said a low-pressure system is coming from the northern USA and will move through New Brunswick tonight and into Sunday.

"Wind chill values near or below -40 can be expected at times through the Christmas period".

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The Special Weather Statement in place for the South Coast might have ended, but snow is set to start falling in parts of the Lower Mainland this evening.

The organization says Atlantic Canada is expected to be the hardest-hit region when it comes to snowfall as two storms are expected between Saturday night and Monday.

"Snow is forecast to begin in earnest early this morning and ease to flurries or showers this evening".

Frigid temperatures have also triggered Arctic outflow and extreme cold warnings for the North Coast, Yoho Park, and Kootenay Park.

  • Adam Floyd