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The Weather Network Shares the Ho! Ho! Snow Report

Several Storm Systems Leading Up to Christmas Could Impact Travel and Shopping Plans

OAKVILLE, ON--(Marketwired - December 19, 2013) - The Weather Network's meteorologists have checked the weather twice to find out if conditions for Christmas will be naughty or nice.

A white Christmas is likely for much of the country, meaning snow cover of two centimetres or more on Christmas morning at 7:00am. A notable exception is the South Coast of B.C. which will likely see a typically green Christmas. East of the Rockies and most of the Prairies will see a white Christmas, although some areas close to the U.S. border may have only a small amount of snow on the ground. Across Eastern Canada, a messy pre-Christmas storm will eat away at some of the recent snow from Southern Ontario through Atlantic Canada, but most regions will still have some snow on the ground Christmas morning.

Weekend weather systems

Travellers and last-minute shoppers across the country should be aware of storm systems this weekend bringing a variety of conditions. A fast moving weather pattern will lead to yo-yoing temperatures across Western Canada. While cold air will dominate much of the region this weekend, a system dropping through B.C. into Alberta early next week will briefly boost temperatures before another blast of arctic air settles across the Prairies for Christmas Eve.

Meanwhile, a stormy weather pattern is expected for Eastern Canada, leading to travel headaches this weekend as a moisture-laden system moves up from the southern U.S. This storm has the potential to bring heavy precipitation from Southern Ontario across Southern Quebec and into Atlantic Canada. Depending on the exact location, heavy snow, rain and even freezing rain is possible. Plan ahead and check the Beat the Traffic app before you travel to stay safe and avoid headaches and delays.

Will Santa bring snow?

On Friday, December 20th and Monday, December 23rd, meteorologist Dayna Vettese is available to speak to what's specifically in store for your region leading up to Christmas and over the holidays. See below for a general idea of which major cities across Canada can expect a white Christmas:

                               
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Vancouver       Slight Chance                               
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Victoria        No Chance                                    
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Edmonton        Guaranteed                                   
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Calgary         Probable                                     
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Regina          Probable                                    
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Winnipeg        Guaranteed                                   
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Thunder Bay     Guaranteed                                    
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London          Probable                                   
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Toronto         Probable                                     
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Ottawa          Guaranteed                                   
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Montreal        Guaranteed                                   
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Quebec          Guaranteed                                   
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Fredericton     Guaranteed                                   
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Halifax         Probable                                     
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Charlottetown   Probable                                     
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St. John's      Probable                                     
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Whitehorse      Guaranteed                                   
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Yellowknife     Guaranteed                                   
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Iqaluit         Guaranteed                                    
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About Pelmorex Media Inc.

Founded in 1989, Pelmorex Media Inc., parent company of The Weather Network, MétéoMédia, Travelers Network, Beat the Traffic and ElTiempo.es. Pelmorex Media is a leader in delivering consumers invaluable information with ease, quality and a compelling experience on all media platforms. It also meets the weather information needs of commercial and government clients whose success relies on accurate and reliable weather-related information. Pelmorex is licensed to operate Canada's National Alerting Aggregation and Dissemination System (NAADS) which aggregates and distributes emergency alerts issued by authorized government agencies. Pelmorex Media Inc. has been named one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for seven consecutive years and is one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers.

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