NEWS

No dreaming of a white Vancouver Christmas

12/22/2011 10:54 EST | Updated 02/21/2012 05:12 EST

There is virtually no hope — about a two-per-cent chance, in fact — that southwestern B.C. will have a white Christmas this year, forecasters say.

CBC Meteorologist Claire Martin says the region gets snow on or just before Christmas about once a decade, and this is not the year.

"Not only are we looking at a fairly grey, green Christmas, the freezing level is about to rise,” Martin said. “So if you paid money to go to Whistler you are probably going to be in cold rain.”

Snow has fallen in Metro Vancouver on Christmas six times since 1947.

The last time was in 2008, when 40 centimetres fell on Christmas Eve.

Vancouver was also hit with a snowstorm in 1998, which made driving treacherous resulted in the cancellation or delay of dozens of holiday flights.

But those kinds of holiday conditions are slowly disappearing. Environment Canada says over the last 50 years, the South Coast has showed a warming trend of 1.5 C.

Most of B.C. will fare better for fans of a white Christmas. Snow could fall on Dec. 25 in the province’s North and the Interior.

MORE:cbcNews