In any given year, Sault Ste. Marie can count on seeing at least 2cm of snow on the ground come Christmas morning. This year may be an exception.
Statically, Sault Ste. Marie has a 98% chance of a White Christmas. Last year Sault Ste. Marie had very little snow on the ground just a few days before the holidays. Then thanks to a three day lake effect snow and snow squalls, the Sault picked up close to 80 cm – with the bulk of that falling on Christmas day. It doesn’t appear we will have an encore of that this year.
According to long range forecasts, temperatures are expected to bump up to well above seasonal starting this weekend and lasting thru to Boxing Day. Right now, the forecast high for Christmas day is 6c, that is about 8 degrees higher than usual. Christmas day we could see rain mixed with some snow – no accumulation is expected.
A lot can change in 7 days, especially when you’re talking about weather and the Great Lakes. Lake effect snow is always a threat. To date, the Sault has received a total of approximately 35cm of snow fall since the end of October. All of that has melted.
Presently, there are no major snow storms in the forecast until after the Holidays. With that said, Sault Ste. Marie is headed for a Green Christmas for 2023!