December 13, 2016 12:35 am
Updated: December 13, 2016 12:56 am

Will Metro Vancouver have a white Christmas this year?


After a blast of cold weather over the weekend, many on B.C’s south coast are wondering if the snow will stick around over the holiday season, giving the region a rare white Christmas.

Global News meteorologist Michael Kuss said the wintry weather may not be over yet. The position of the jet stream is setting up to flood Metro Vancouver with frigid air, probably for the next couple of weeks or so.

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“The potential for the cold air is that it could stick around past the holidays and into the new year,” Kuss said. “That’s a long stretch.”

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Environment Canada meteorologist Matt MacDonald said the next notable storm may arrive around Dec. 20.

As for a white Christmas, he says that depends on the area.

“We’ve only had snow on the ground one out of 10 years in Vancouver at Christmas, but given all the snow we’ve had recently and the cold outlook, we’re not going to be losing all the snow that’s on the ground right now.”

MacDonald says the long-term outlook calls for temperatures that may be slightly cooler than normal until about the middle of January.

– With files from The Canadian Press and Paul Johnson

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