White Christmas unlikely in P.E.I.

Dave Stewart
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Historic St. John's Presbyterian Church in Belfast presented a beautiful white Christmas Day scene in 2013.

It’s looking like a green Christmas for P.E.I.

Linda Libby, meteorologist with Environment Canada, said Monday chances of a white Christmas are less than 50 per cent.

Keep in mind that Environment Canada defines a white Christmas as a minimum of two centimetres on the ground Christmas morning.

The short range forecast does call for flurries, perhaps even up to five centimetres of snow on Tuesday night but Libby said it could be mixed with rain.

“It’s not going to be great snow; it’s going to be wet and sloppy and rain on Wednesday could wipe out anything that comes down,’’ Libby said.


Combine that with temperatures that could reach double digits on the plus side on Thursday and Christmas Day and it sure doesn’t look good for those who want the ground white.

“The overall general impression is that it’s going to be green.’’

That’s music to the ears of people like Ozzie MacEachern, who owns the Clyde River Golf and Country Club.

He is thinking about opening for business.

“I wouldn’t rule it out. We’re going to have to get rid of the snow that’s here,’’ MacEachern said, noting that if he does open he’ll be operating out of his house and not the clubhouse.

“I’m willing to open, to be quite honest with you. I just left the flags out there because I have a feeling it will be like this all winter.’’

MacEachern said it will be walkers only, no carts.

“It’ll be a boom for the courses (that can open). They need it. It’s the high season of the low season.’’

Historically, Libby said P.E.I. has been generally white on Christmas Day although the numbers have plummeted over the years.


From the mid 1960s to the mid 1980s, there was a 95 per cent chance the snow measuring station at the Charlottetown Airport had a minimum of two centimetres on the ground.

Between 1955 and 2013, the number drops to 80 per cent and it’s down to a 60 per cent chance between 1994 and 2013.

In fact, between the 1960s and 1980s, there has been, on average, 15 centimetres on the ground on Dec. 25.

However, it isn’t looking good this year.

And while people like MacEachern think this mild weather will continue all winter, keep in mind last Christmas was a green one too and everyone knows how that winter turned out.



Organizations: Environment Canada, Clyde River Golf and Country Club, Charlottetown Airport

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