It’s a sure bet we will have a “White Christmas.”
On Thursday, winter officially begins and to mark the seasonal change Fort McMurray is expected to see flurries over the next couple of days.
Environment Canada Senior Climatologist Dave Phillips tells Mix News he believes we have a 100 per cent chance we will see ample snow on the ground when the holidays hit.
“It’s going to remove the yellow stains at the end of the driveway and that greyish could of snow, it’s going to be fresh and glistening when that sun comes out Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday – it will be snow blinding in a way.”
As for holiday travelers, Phillips notes there shouldn’t be any weather delays for people flying or driving out of Fort McMurray.
“It looks like there’s not going to be any weather events after Friday, no precipitation, nice sunshine, cool and crisp but nothing to prevent you from getting from one location to the other.”
People staying in the area should probably start to bundle up as below average temperatures are expected.
Phillips adds an average winter day in Fort McMurray will see temperatures between -13 and -23, however, starting next week are regular nighttime lows will start to become our daytime highs.
Despite the expected lower temperatures, December has been “historically warm”.
“It really will have been balmy at the beginning and cold at the end.”
The colder weather is leading Phillips to believe we could see a colder than usual winter but believes temperatures will fluctuate over the next couple of months.
“So we think the flavor of the winter looks colder than normal, colder than last year, but I don’t think it will be the winter from Hell.”