The southeast will have a White Christmas after all. However, don't expect too much more of the white stuff.
"We're looking at very, very light snow," shared John Paul Cragg, with Environment Canada. "Light flurries potentially today and through the weekend but not enough snow for any real accumulation on the ground. We're talking about a dusting through the weekend before we get into really cold air starting Sunday night and continuing Monday all the way through to the end of the week."
"It's going to get very cold. We've got a ridge that looks like it's going to be setting up in Alberta. Thanks to that ridge, we're looking at northerly winds being pumped into Saskatchewan and Manitoba. With those northerly winds, very cold arctic air will infiltrate the province and makes it way all the way to the southeast."
"We're forecasting overnight lows Sunday into Monday of around -30 and daytime highs for Monday all the way through to Friday of around -25. So generally from Christmas all the way through to the end of the week, we're looking at daytime highs of around -25 and overnight lows getting down to around -30. It's going to be a very cold week for the holidays."
He added that with the cold temperatures, it's important to take precautions especially if you are travelling over the holidays.
"If you're travelling by car, it's important to make sure you have something in your car that can keep you warm if you get in trouble, your car breaks down, if you get into an accident. It's also really good to let people know when you're leaving, what your destination is, and when you're expected to arrive so if there are troubles, someone knows and can call for help relatively quickly."
He also mentioned that with temperatures as cold as they are forecasting, hypothermia and frostbite will become a risk.
"It's important to cover all exposed skin, especially if there is an extreme cold warning. And also, it's important to dress in layers if you're going to be outside for any extended period of time. Dress in layers, dress warm and make sure you know the signs for the risk of frostbite and hypothermia."
Cragg also noted that with such cold temperatures in place for awhile, don't expect a lot of snow to fall.
"With a ridge of cold arctic air, like we're forecasting, moving into the southeast, there's not much precipitation in the forecast. So when you get this cold arctic air, it's quite dry and when it's in place like this, we often see bright, sunny skies and no precipitation. The little bit of snow, the light dusting of snow that's forecasted for today and over the weekend, looks like it for precipitation and it'll probably be a pretty sunny week Monday all the way through to Friday."