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In order to be considered a “white Christmas”, there needs to be 2 centimetres of snow on the ground. Above seasonal temperatures are expected to continue over the next 4 to 5 days, before returning to near-normal heights by the new year.

According to meteorologist Patrick Cool, the Peace Region hasn’t seen a “green” Christmas since 2005.

“Ever since then, you’ve had about 30 centimetres of snow pack on the ground by Christmas morning, so it’s not exactly normal.”

Historically, there’s a 70 to 80 per cent chance of there being a white Christmas in the Peace. Cool says whether the current snow melts to that level or not will depend on how strong the sun is, and how many cloud breaks we get.

“I would be very surprised if there is no snow on the ground, people will see some form of snow on the ground, but a nice cozy coating that people would envision when they think about Christmas, unfortunately I don’t think it will be there.”

The average temperature around this time of year is -8, but we’ve been seeing high temperatures of 5 to 7 degrees, 15 degrees above normal. Sunday morning is expected to have temperatures just above freezing, with the sun peeking out, so while it may not be a “white” Christmas, it should still be a beautiful day in the Peace.

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