Winter's not cancelled, just postponed: Dave Phillips

Canadians in many parts of the country dreaming of a white Christmas are in store for some disappointment, Environment Canada warns.

See Full Article

While approximately 85 per cent of the country will see snow on Dec. 25, most of Canada’s big cities will in fact have a green Christmas.

“They’re not just going to need dreams of a white Christmas, but divine intervention to bring about a white Christmas,” Dave Phillips, Environment Canada’s senior climatologist, told CTV’s Canada AM on Tuesday.

The winter season officially started at 11:48 p.m. ET on Monday, which marked the moment the Northern Hemisphere was tilted furthest from the sun.

But for a number of Canadians waking up to winter Tuesday morning, it certainly didn’t look like the beginning of the season.

Phillips said, for some of the most populated cities in the country, this Christmas will resemble what’s typically experienced in Atlanta, Georgia, or Charleston, South Carolina.

He said certain parts of Ontario and Quebec will experience some of the warmest temperatures ever recorded on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

In Quebec City, where there’s usually a 98 per cent chance of snowy landscape on Christmas, residents this year will have a green Christmas.

Meanwhile in Ottawa, known as the snowiest capital city in the world, a mere 0.6 cm of snow has fallen.

Canadians disappointed with winter’s balmy beginnings have El Nino to blame, Phillips said.

He said "tropical breezes" are blowing into the eastern parts of North America.

“It has absolutely robbed any chance of us having a white Christmas in the East, and across many parts of the North America,” he said.

Winnipeg best place to enjoy white Christmas

Canadians set on celebrating the holidays with some snow may want to consider a trip to Winnipeg, Phillips said. He said Manitoba’s capital is the best place for a white Christmas, with fresh snow in the forecast leading up to Christmas.

Many parts of Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia’s Interior are also in store for a white Christmas, Phillips said.

“Even Vancouver…where there’s only a 10 per cent chance of getting a white Christmas, they will even have snow flurries on Christmas Eve,” he said.

In terms of the rest of winter, Phillips said “what you see is what you’re going to get.”

As winter progresses, Phillips said the weather conditions may be a “little tougher” than the start of the season.

“We’re not cancelling winter,” he said. “We’re just postponing it a little bit.”

What will likely come as good news to many Canadians, Phillips said this winter will not resemble last winter, which was one of the longest on record.

“Last year, on Dec. 28, the snow arrived and it didn’t disappear until after April Fool's Day," Phillips told CTV News Channel later on Tuesday. "We don’t see that this year."

He said, in some areas in the eastern parts of Canada, this winter will feel "tropical" compared to last year.

“There will be moments when you'll wish you were somewhere else," Phillips said. "But generally we think there will be periods of freezing and melting, it will go back and forth."



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Trump praises CIA, rips media coverage of inauguration

    World News Toronto Sun
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump opened his first full day as president Saturday at a national prayer service, the final piece of transition business for the nation’s new chief executive before a promised full-on shift into governing. Source
  • Trump's inaugural cake a knock-off of Obama's, celebrity baker says

    World News CTV News
    U.S. President Donald Trump’s inaugural cake appears to have taken more than a slice of inspiration from the cake former President Barack Obama cut into after his re-election four years ago. Celebrity baker Duff Goldman, whose Baltimore cake emporium is the subject of the popular reality television show “Ace of Cakes,” spotted hints of his handiwork and called attention to the alleged pastry plagiarism with a side-by-side photo Friday evening. Source
  • Gambia's defeated president finally cedes power, to enter exile weeks after election loss

    World News CBC News
    Gambia's defeated leader Yahya Jammeh and his family headed into political exile Saturday night, ending a 22-year reign of fear and a post-election political standoff that threatened to provoke a regional military intervention when he clung to power. Source
  • Search intensifies for 23 in avalanche-struck hotel

    World News Toronto Sun
    FARINDOLA, Italy — Rescuers listened for signs Saturday of any more survivors, three days after an avalanche slammed into a resort hotel in Italy’s central Apennines mountains. Using saws, shovels and just gloved hands, they advanced slowly through the wreckage in hopes of locating some 23 guests and hotel workers still missing. Source
  • Canadians heading to women's march turned away at U.S. border

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    The plan was simple. Montrealer Sasha Dyck and some friends would drive to Washington to join the Women's March. But when the six Canadians and two French nationals reached the border at Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, in Quebec, they ran into trouble. Source
  • Trump's D.C. hotel a hub of activity and ethics questions

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- Red, white and blue balloons rained down over crystal chandeliers in the soaring atrium of the Trump International Hotel at midnight Friday -- "a new inaugural tradition," its social media account promised. But while President Donald Trump's hotel in Washington did serve as a hub of inaugural activities, it also stands as ground zero for what top Democrats and some ethics advisers see as his unique web of conflicts of interest. Source
  • CTV News on the ground in Washington for Women's March

    World News CTV News
    CTV News reporters and producers are on the ground in Washington for the Women's March. For live updates from the scene, follow CTV News on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. Here's some of their updates so far. Source
  • Brit and Canadian heading to Women's March turned away at U.S. border

    Canada News CTV News
    A U.K. national in Canada on a student visa says he and a friend were turned away at the U.S. border because they intended to go to Saturday's Women's March in Washington. Joe Kroese said he and his Canadian friend were trying to cross the border with two Americans on Thursday. Source
  • 'I am so behind you,' Trump assures CIA officials on 1st full day in office

    World News CBC News
    U.S. President Donald Trump moved to mend his tumultuous relationship with America's spy agencies Saturday, travelling to CIA headquarters on his first full day in office and assuring officials, "I am so behind you." But the president quickly shifted from praise for the CIA to criticism of media coverage of inauguration day, in an unscripted address that overstated the size of the crowd that gathered on the National Mall as he took the oath of office. Source
  • Mexican president congratulates Trump in phone conversation

    World News CTV News
    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump walks with Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto at the end of their joint statement at Los Pinos, the presidential official residence, in Mexico City on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (AP / Dario Lopez-Mills) Source