Its going to be a long, cold, and messy winter across much of Canada, according to the seasonal forecast released Monday by the Weather Network.
November has already brought historically early snowfall in southern Ontario and power outages in the Prairies, setting what chief meteorologist Chris Scott said will be a trend throughout the winter.
“The upcoming winter across the country looks to be more frozen than thawed, and weve already seen an early entrance of winter weather this fall,” he said. “The signs that were seeing this year do suggest were in for a winter thats more on than off across the country—and that its going to be fairly long for many Canadians.”
But things are looking a little better in British Columbia, where Scott said temperatures will be slightly above normal and precipitation will be just below normal.
However, he said there may still be a two-week period where winter shows up out of the blue on the Pacific coast. Conditions will also likely be favourable in British Columbias ski areas, despite the slightly higher temperatures.
In Alberta, Scott said, there will be above-normal precipitation in the south, with especially frigid temperatures throughout the province.
The trend of a deep freeze will continue through Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Thats especially the case in the southern parts of the Prairies, where Scott said he expects cold air to anchor down for the season.
From southern Ontario to southern Quebec, Scott said, people can prepare for a winter thats colder than usual and has much more precipitation than normal.
He expects it to be stormy throughout Quebec and Ontario, but said that there will be a mix of precipitation. That means rain could often wash out snow after large dumps, and that there could be potential for icy conditions
“Once we settle into winter, it does not look like an early spring,” Scott said, saying that winter in Ontario and Quebec will be a slog towards the end.
In fact, all the provinces east of Manitoba will likely face a prolonged winter season, he said. Spring weather is only forecasted to arrive in late March or early April.
In Atlantic Canada, Scott predicted it wont be bitterly cold, but it will be a very stormy season.
“Its going to be a real mess depending on where you are,” he said.
There will likely be lots of snow in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, Scott said, while in Nova Scotia it will be a mix of snow, ice and rain. In Newfoundland andRead More – Source