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White Christmas unlikely in region: Environment Canada 

Chances of a White Christmas in Haliburton County look to be diminishing.  

Environment Canada’s chief climatologist David Phillips says “the technical definition of a ‘white Christmas’ is two centimetres of snow that actually sticks around.”  

It’s not just the Haliburton Highlands that are missing the white stuff—Environment Canada’s snow map uses brown dots to show snowless stations, and it’s brown from coast to coast.  

Phillips says El Niño, a periodic weather system that brings warm weather to much of North America, is behind part of the strange weather. The forecast for the County says 5 degrees Celsius on Christmas day with rain forecast for boxing day. 

**Written by Rick Lowes 

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