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Environment Canada predicts 'perfect Christmas' weather

Environment Canada predicts 'perfect Christmas' weather

Toronto and parts of Peel Region are under a snowfall warning.

"If you have been dreaming of a white Christmas this year, your dreams may just come true", a statement reads.

Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel hard over some locations.

If you are celebrating the holidays on Vancouver Island, brace yourself because that's where snow is expected to develop during the day on Sunday before the arctic air shifts to the mainland by the evening. A wind advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Christmas Day, with potential gusts of up to 50 miles an hour.

Environment Canada says Islanders should prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.

"Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become hard to navigate due to accumulating snow", a winter storm warning for Fredericton reads. "Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near-zero at times".

It's a lovely white Christmas, but it's becoming blustery with brisk winds and local blowing snow developing, states the weather statement.

Although temperatures on parts of the Prairies are expected to moderate somewhat during the day on Sunday, bouts of extreme cold will continue through next week, Environment Canada says.

There have been a handful of "perfect Christmases" - when more than two centimetres of snow have accumulated by Christmas Day - in the Lower Mainland since 1955.

North and West Vancouver Island, however, can be sure to expect a white Christmas. However, brisk westerly winds are expected to pick up this morning causing areas of blowing snow at times, especially in exposed areas.

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