A white Christmas is so rare in Vancouver that in the last twenty years, we’ve only experienced it on three occasions. Although it may feel as though this year we’re doing our best to make up for lost time, the snow usually disappears before all too long, thanks to the rain.
Although the rain’s nearly gambled away our chance of waking up on Christmas morning to snow this season, here’s a look back at the last time Vancouver had a white Christmas.
This was eight years ago when a series of snowstorms broke 44-year-old records for the snowiest Christmas ever in the Lower Mainland. In fact, it was the first white Christmas to strike the Lower Mainland since 1996.
Across Canada and many parts of America, record snowstorms hit cities on Christmas Day, including Vancouver. Vancouver experienced snowfalls so great it broke daily snowfall records. The monthly snowfall in December 2008 was nearly 109 centimeters in total when all was said and done. The last white Christmas Vancouver experienced also happened to be the whitest Christmas in recent memory.
Outside of Vancouver, cities in metro Vancouver, especially in areas with higher elevation like North Vancouver and Burnaby Mountain, also became reacquainted with snowmageddon. Although Vancouver stands at a 10% chance of snow this Christmas, it may be for the best, since it’s clear that when it snows here, it’s go big or go home.