Dreaming of a green Christmas

Mild weather December, 2015 (BlackburnNews.com file photo)

If you were hoping for a winter wonderland next week, you may have to settle for bare trees and green grass.

Aside from some minor snow flurries, Environment Canada is not forecasting a white Christmas this year for the Southwestern Ontario region, including London-Middlesex, Chatham-Kent and Windsor-Essex.

“It’s been fairly mild, even most of December, and it looks like that trend is going to continue. We might get a little down to seasonal [temperatures] over the weekend,” said Ria Alsen, a severe weather meteorologist with the national weather agency. “In our forecast there’s a small chance of flurries around, but basically it doesn’t look like we’re seeing any significant snowfalls before the Christmas period.”

Alsen said it’s unlikely Southwestern Ontario region will see any significant snowfall until after January 1.

She added that the London area will likely see a temperature high of around -1 C on December 25, while Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent will be slightly warmer at around 0 C.

Since significant snowfall is unlikely, Alsen said conditions will be ideal for travellers.

“It’s really good for travelling — having clear roads if you’re driving or less chance of delays at the airport for flying somewhere,” she said. “There’s kind of that plus side to not having a big storm go by at this time of year, but maybe you’ll have to wait to try out the new toboggan.”