Environment Canada Warns ‘Santabomb’ Storm Would Ruin Christmas for Ontario

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

A recent warning issued by Environment Canada has highlighted the seriousness of a system dubbed as ‘Santabomb,’ which might drop rain or snow on your Christmas plans if you are travelling in the Greater Toronto Area. While it was acknowledged that things aren’t as serious as 2013’s (unfortunately-named) “Snowmageddon,” it still looks “pretty messy” for southern Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

A warning preparedness meteorologist for Environment Canada, Geoff Coulson, alleged that there is still “a fair amount of uncertainty” as they track two systems expected to interact and affect the area between Chicago and the East Coast in the days before Christmas. It was stated that “for Toronto itself, it looks like a rain event, when this thing starts, late on the 23rd and into Christmas Eve,” adding that “the concern for Toronto is a change into snow by Christmas Day at this point. By Christmas Day, this complex system is going to move east of us and that means the winds are going to snap around to come more out of the west. And that’s going to bring down some cold air with it.”

In addition to that, Coulson alleged that wind gusts of up to 80 kilometres are anticipated for the holiday season, which could affect travel, both on the road and in the air. He said that “it’s not just snow falling, it’s snow blowing around, reducing visibility.” Environment Canada has said it should be clearer about the situation by late Sunday.

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