Atmosphere Canada predicts a snowy Christmas for Higher Victoria

It looks like Greater Victoria, in fact much of Vancouver Island, will have a white Christmas.

It looks like Greater Victoria, in fact much of Vancouver Island, will have a white Christmas.

“I think we can probably definitely say that we should see snow in much of the Capital Regional District by noon on Christmas Day,” Environment Canada meteorologist Brian Proctor said Thursday.

“My definition of White Christmas is two inches on the floor. And it’s getting colder. “

Special weather reports have been issued for Greater Victoria, Malahat, East and Inland Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands.

Snow is forecast for all of these areas tonight through Sunday. Colder temperatures are expected tonight and will last until next week. A special gush of arctic air will hit the coast later on Christmas Day.

For the past three weeks, a northwestern stream from the Gulf of Alaska has swept across southern BC, bringing with it unusual conditions, such as 11 hours of freezing rain in Abbotsford, Proctor said. The current begins to drift west, allowing colder air to escape over the interior of the province and arrive here on Christmas Day.

But it’s a complicated weather pattern and will be variable, Proctor said. Initially there will be rain in some areas which will turn to snow by Saturday.

“We expect some snowfall overnight on the east side of Vancouver Island [Thursday night] and [this] Tomorrow. But the main rainfall for that [capital region] will arrive from Christmas Eve and last until Christmas Day, ”said the meteorologist.

When the air mass cools on the south coast, more snow is possible.

Once the cold arctic air settles on the south coast, temperatures are expected to be well below the seasonal time of year by the end of December. The nighttime temperature will drop to 0 ° C tonight, -4 ° C on Boxing Day and -8 ° C on Boxing Day, Proctor said. Until the turn of the year, the temperatures fluctuate between -5 ° C and -8 ° C overnight.

Environment Canada has warned of an increased risk of frostbite and hypothermia. Protect yourself and wear appropriate clothing outdoors, the agency said.

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