Everybody loves to see a little bit of snow on Christmas morning. It just makes everything feel a bit more authentic. However, anyone dreaming of a white Christmas could be in for a disappointment this year, as Environment Canada's winter forecast is calling for a green holiday.

Canadians have already been told to expect a milder, shorter season this year, but with various bouts of snow falling across the country, they might have hoped to see some on the 25th.

Environment Canada even has a solid definition of what constitutes a "white Christmas," which is that there must be at least two centimetres of snow on the ground by 7 a.m. A blast of flurries just isn't going to cut it, especially if the snow doesn't stick around.

Dave Phillips, a senior climatologist at the government agency, told CTV News that while a more accurate look at Christmas Day would come on December 22 or 23, that there are no systems moving into Canada for that time that would bring enough snow.

Canada has already seen some blasts of wintry weather, especially in the Atlantic region, but Phillips says that the east coast isn't likely to get more than the required two centimetres.

Also, some parts of Ontario like Muskoka might get some lake effect snow, but Toronto and most of southern Ontario are likely to look a lot greener.

While some parts of Canada can expect a green Christmas, other areas won't have to worry.

There will definitely be snow anywhere "north of Winnipeg, Saskatoon, [and] Edmonton," according to Phillips.

He also confirmed that places that already have those two centimetres on the ground are likely going to keep it.

Unfortunately, snowy conditions on December 25 are becoming less common. According to data from Environment Canada, the years from 1986 to 2017 saw an average of 10 green Christmases, compared to an average of seven from 1955 to 1985.

He also told CTV News that Canada is losing its place as one of the snowiest countries in the world. "We’re not as cold as we used to be," Phillips said, "The one season that has truly gotten warmer is our winter season."

While a green Christmas may be disappointing to some, it does mean that driving to see your family will at least be a little bit easier.


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