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

  • Feds investing nearly $200M in Mississauga, Ont. plant to mass produce vaccines

    Canada News CTV News
    OTTAWA -- The federal government will invest almost $200 million in Mississauga, Ont.-based Resilience Biotechnologies to eventually be able to mass produce vaccines domestically. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement on Tuesday, stating that the money will go toward creating and maintaining 500 jobs and 50 co-op positions for young people “to get their foot in the door in a growing sector. Source
  • 'Sheerness when wet': Joe Fresh recalls boys, toddler swim shorts out of 'abundance of caution'

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- Loblaws' Joe Fresh clothing brand is voluntarily recalling swim shorts for boys and toddlers over concerns about the sheerness of the trunks’ fabric when wet. Joe Fresh said in a recall notice posted online that there are no safety concerns with the products. Source
  • Ikea recalls select dishes due to risk of breakage and burns

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- Ikea Canada has issued a recall for select dishes after the company received reports of some of these products breaking, leading to a possible burn risk. In a notice issued on Tuesday, Ikea Canada said it was recalling the Heroisk and Talrika style plates, bowls, and mugs "due to the potential risk of burns from hot contents upon breakage. Source
  • Container ship is the largest of its kind to visit Canada: Halifax Port Authority

    Canada News CTV News
    HALIFAX -- Port officials in Halifax say the largest container ship to visit a Canadian port has arrived at the city's south-end container terminal. A spokesman for the Port of Halifax says the CMA CGM Marco Polo is 396 metres long and can carry the equivalent of 16,022 containers that are each 20-feet long. Source
  • Investing in new coal, oil and gas projects must stop to hit climate goals, global energy agency says

    World News CBC News
    A report by the International Energy Agency says immediate action is needed to reshape the world's energy sector in order to meet ambitious climate goals by 2050, including ending investments in new coal mines, oil and gas wells. Source
  • Quebec reports 549 new COVID-19 cases, 9 more deaths

    Canada News CTV News
    MONTREAL -- Quebec has 549 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of people infected to 364,396 since the start of the pandemic. The province's health officials also confirmed nine more deaths, a total of 11,050 after it was ruled one death was not related to COVID-19. Source
  • Israel resumes airstrikes on Gaza, as Palestinian militants fire more rockets into Israel

    World News CBC News
    Israel bombarded Gaza with airstrikes and Palestinian militants resumed cross-border rocket fire on Tuesday after a brief overnight lull during which the United Nations sent a small fuel convoy into the enclave, where it says 52,000 people are now displaced. Source
  • Canada marks 25,000 COVID-19 deaths

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- Canada has marked 25,000 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic started. The country reached the grim milestone on Tuesday, after Ontario reported an additional 17 deaths related to the disease. Many younger Canadians succumbed to the disease in recent months, as the third COVID-19 wave overwhelmed hospitals, especially in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Source
  • Ontario reports lowest number of COVID-19 cases in nearly two months with fewer than 1,700 infections logged

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- Health officials in Ontario are reporting fewer than 1,700 new cases of COVID-19, marking the lowest single-day total in almost two months. The 1,616 infections recorded Tuesday represent a significant drop from the 2,170 reported by the province a day earlier. Source
  • Experts warn shuttered Australia is becoming a 'hermit nation'

    World News CTV News
    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended his "Fortress Australia" COVID-19 restrictions Tuesday, as experts warned that plans to keep the borders closed for another year will create a "hermit nation." "Everyone is keen to get back to a time that we once knew," the conservative leader said in the face of growing calls for international borders to reopen. Source