October 28th, 2020

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Dream on

By Mabell, Dave on December 21, 2019.

Dave Mabell

Lethbridge Herald


Still dreaming of a white Christmas

Your chances aren’t looking good.

Southern Alberta, Calgary – and even snow-dependent Fernie – will be remain boringly brown, according to current forecasts.

And while some snow is expected in Waterton Lakes and Banff National Parks in the next few days, visitors are more likely to enjoy sunny days on Christmas Eve and beyond.

After enduring strong winds Friday and today, Lethbridge-area residents may see a whiff of snow – possibly one centimetre – on Sunday. By Tuesday, forecasters at The Weather Network see sunny days with temperatures close to the freezing point. But not much chance of snow.

Calgary will be much the same, they predict, but a few degrees cooler.

Waterton would be a better bet for snow, with maybe three cm possible Sunday on top of whatever remains at lower elevations. From Tuesday to Boxing Day, however, the forecast shows sunny days with afternoon highs just a little below zero, relatively low winds and just a 10 per cent chance of precipitation.

Farther west, however, the Elk Valley is included in a heavy rainfall advisory area this weekend. Tropical moisture that’s washing over Vancouver Island and metro Vancouver is heading east to the Rockies. That could turn to wet snow in the Fernie area by Monday before more seasonal weather returns later in the week.

The news from Banff isn’t much better, with avalanche dangers increasing as temperatures dip and soar. After recording as much as 35 cm of snow in some parts of the park over the weekend, the resort town should see clearing skies and temperatures around -10 C by midweek.

Looking further ahead, The Weather Network is calling for mainly sunny skies over southern Alberta – for the rest of the year – with little likelihood of a flurry until at least Jan. 2.

But of course, southern Alberta forecasts can change rapidly at any time of year. And weather records show we can see snow almost any month in Lethbridge!

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