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Environment Canada predicts white Christmas, issues special weather statement

24 December 2017

Environment Canada said people wishing for a white Christmas will get just that when a low pressure system deep from the heart of Texas passes through Southwestern Ontario beginning this afternoon.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning across Toronto and the GTA for Sunday, with 15 to 20 centimetres expected by the time the snow tapers in the evening.

The snowfall is expected to start around 9 pm on Christmas Eve, tapering off overnight or on Christmas Day. The agency thinks anywhere between five to 10 centimetres will fall over the island, while here on the Lower Mainland, it will look more like two to four centimetres.

"Well you never like to be late or flights being delayed, we've got a little delay (Friday) but hopefully we make it", Natalie Cook, a holiday traveler, told CTV Atlantic.

Environment Canada predicts white Christmas, issues special weather statement
Environment Canada predicts white Christmas, issues special weather statement

"Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become hard to navigate due to accumulating snow", a winter storm warning for Fredericton reads.

Somewhat heavier snow is likely in some areas, like the Greater Toronto Area, where a snowfall warning is effect.

Frigid temperatures have also triggered Arctic outflow and extreme cold warnings for the North Coast, Yoho Park, and Kootenay Park. Travelers are encouraged to adjust their plans if possible as poor visibility is possible on the roads. "Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill".

Environment Canada predicts white Christmas, issues special weather statement