‘We will not see snow’: Snowy Christmas unlikely on Vancouver Island

'We will not see snow': Snowy Christmas unlikely on Vancouver Island

Environment Canada delivered “Grinch-like” news for those who like snow on the ground during the holiday season.

For the next two weeks, temperatures will be hovering six to eight degrees higher than normal winter temperatures, according to Environment Canada Meteorologist Armel Castellan.

“We might see frost on the windshield but likely we will not see snow. We typically are around freezing marks overnight at this time of year, even in Victoria or on the east side of Vancouver Island, and we’re not close to that,” said Castellan.

Environment Canada says the above-average temperatures we are experiencing in B.C. are happening across North America and could continue into April 2024.

At this exact time last year, flights at YYJ and YVR were grounded, BC Ferries scrapped certain sailings, BC Transit minimized service, and Canada Post stopped delivering packages after a snowstorm brought more than 20 cm of snow to the capital region.

The BC Lottery Corporation was taking bets on whether or not Victoria would have a white Christmas.


Despite the warming temperatures, Castellan says it’s still best to plan for possible snow pockets on the Island and the rest of the province, especially in higher elevation locations.

Environment Canada expects periods of rain on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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