December 23, 2014 6:45 pm
Updated: December 23, 2014 6:46 pm

Will it be a white Christmas for B.C. this year?

It may be a wet Christmas rather than a white one in B.C.

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VANCOUVER – Will it be a white Christmas for B.C. this year?

For most of the province, don’t expect a winter wonderland. Christmas Day will be mostly dry across B.C., although definitely green in the Lower Mainland.

After a soaking wet Tuesday, a few showers will linger in the South Coast on Wednesday, but high pressure will build for Christmas, leading to some good weather for those needing to get around on Christmas Day.

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The last white Christmas in Vancouver was in 2008, which was also the Christmas with the most snow on the ground on the morning of the 25: 41 cm officially at the airport. Only about one in 10 Christmases have had snow on the ground in the Vancouver area. The warmest Dec. 25 on record was in 2005 when it hit 14 degrees and the coldest was 1964 with a morning low of -12.

The snowiest, as far as accumulation during Christmas Day, was in 1971, when 17.5 cm. fell.

Mountain passes

Getting around B.C. in the days leading up to Christmas and on Christmas Day may be a little tricky however. On Sunday, Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt, and Highway 3 from Hope to Princeton via the Allison Pass.

There are no warnings still in effect at this time, but drivers are urged to allow for extra time and to make sure they are ready with the proper tires and some supplies in their car in case of emergency.

Bella Coola

There is a chance of a few snow showers with some sun. Highs to -2 expected.

Burns Lake

Afternoon snow showers are expected with a high to -5. It could get as low as -11 in the evening.

Campbell River

No snow here! Residents can expect rain in the afternoon, with a high of 6 degrees.

Castlegar

A mix of sun and clouds for this region. Expect highs of about 0 degrees.

Chetwynd

Expect some snow in this region! Snow showers expected in the morning with a high to -16. It could get as cold as -23.

Clinton

No snow, but sun and cloud with a high of -3.

Comox

Clouds with a high of one degree.

Cranbrook

No snow, but sun and cloud with a high of 0. It could get as cold as -17 however.

Dease Lake

Some snow expected to fall on Tuesday, but Christmas Day will see sun and cloud with a high of -17.

Fort Nelson

Clouds and sun with a high of -22.

Fort St. John

Some snow expected in the morning, with a high of -16 degrees.

Kamloops

Sun and clouds with a high between -1 and 1 degree.

Kelowna

Sun and clouds with a high of -1.

Lillooet and Lytton

Sun and clouds with a high of 2 degrees.

Mackenzie

Some snow showers on Wednesday, but clouds and sun Christmas Day, with a high of -5.

Malahat

Mix of sun and cloud with a high of 4 degrees.

Nakusp

Sun and clouds with a high of 0 degrees and low of -13.

Nelson

Sun and cloud with a high of -1.

Penticton

More sun than cloud, with a high of 0 degrees.

Port Hardy

Showers in the afternoon with a high of 7 degrees and a low of 2.

Prince George

Sun and cloud with a high of -2.

Prince Rupert

Expect light rain with a high between 4 and 6 degrees.

Princeton

Sun and cloud, with a high of about 0 and a low of -11 degrees.

Quesnel

Sun and cloud, with a high of -2.

Revelstoke

Snow showers in the morning, with a high of 0 degrees.

Saanich

Sun and cloud, with a high of 8 degrees

Salmon Arm

Sun and cloud, with a high of 0 degrees and a low of -10.

Smithers

Snow showers developing in the afternoon, high of -2 degrees.

Sparwood

Morning snow showers, with a high of -1.

Squamish

Sun and cloud with a high of 4 degrees, low of -5.

Summerland

Sun and cloud, with a high of 1 degree.

Terrace

Snow! With a high of 0 and a low of -3 degrees.

Tofino

Afternoon showers, with a high of 4 degrees.

Victoria

Sun and cloud, with a high of 8 degrees.

Vernon

Lots of sun, with a high of 0.

Whistler

Sun and cloud, with a high of 1 degree.

Williams Lake

Cloudy with some sun and a high of -2 degrees.

As always, the forecast may change, so keep an eye on our SkyTracker weather page. For more weather-related stories, visit our weather tag page.

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