Warmer weather could mean no snow for Christmas in Sask.

By Chris Vandenbreekel
December 12, 2018 - 1:03pm

A white Christmas might end up being just something to dream about this year in southern and central Saskatchewan.

Environment Canada is forecasting sunny skies and daytime highs at or above 0 C for the foreseeable future, putting a snowy Dec. 25 in jeopardy.

“We are at risk of losing our snow cover, as thin as it is,” Meteorologist Terri Lang told 650 CKOM on Wednesday.

“And we don’t see any more weather-makers on the horizon.”

The only snow predicted for the majority of the province is set to fall Wednesday, as a small system is expected to move through and whip up winds while driving down the temperature overnight.

But after that, the sun is set to warm up most of Saskatchewan.

“If mild temperatures continue we are at risk of seeing a green Christmas,” Lang said, before adding “Well, probably more of a brown Christmas.”

A moderate El Nino weather system in the southern Pacific Ocean can be thanked, or blamed, for the higher temperatures.

The system is pushing the jet stream farther north, putting most of Saskatchewan in the path of the warmer air.

Environment Canada is already predicting a warmer-than-usual winter because of the effect.

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