Will the Sault have a White Christmas?


It’s December 1st, you expect to see snowbanks and frigid temperatures, but today we see grass and not a lick of snow anywhere! thanks El nino!

With just 24 days and counting until Christmas day, what are the chances of the Sault having a White Christmas? Normally it’s in the 97 percent range, this year not so much.

Keep in mind, the last two winters were not normal, a far cry from it actually, but normally we can expect to see at least a few centimetres of the white stuff come Christmas morning and there’s still a few chances we will see some snow by then, but the long range forecast is calling for above normal temperatures for pretty much the entire month, so any snow that may fall, may not last.

At the moment, a few disturbances could result in some stormy weather next week, but again no major accumulation is expected. Using long term  forecasts indicate the temperatures will be above normal lasting through to early January. That’s when we should start to see long periods of below freezing temperatures. Looking far ahead, our “normal” winter conditions won’t start to materialize until end of January into February. That’s when a shift in weather patterns and the jet stream will stop the warmer pacific air flow and turn to an arctic air flow.

Between now and Christmas in the Sault there will be the odd snow shower or flurry, and there could be couple of cm of snow come Christmas Day but at this point it won’t look like the typical Christmas snow as we are accustomed to.  Happy Holidays!

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Craig Huckerby is a seasoned broadcast and media professional with over 38 years in local media. Starting in television, Craig became known as "the weather guy" on local television before pioneering internet media in the Sault. Craig is credited for bringing local television back to the Sault via the internet in 2003 with LTVNEWS.COM and was instrumental in launching SooNews.ca and Local2.ca. Craig is happy to be part of the Sault's newest media team of ONNtv and SaultOnline.com