The Weather Network recently released this year’s winter weather predictions for Canada.
Sadly, for anyone in Halton who may have been wishing for a warmer winter season, milder temperatures are not in the forecast.
A lot of Canadians have already gotten a good taste of Old Man Winter this year. However, in some areas, this may be a false alarm as to what the rest of the season will bring. But, according to The Weather Network’s winter forecast, this all depends on which part of Canada you call home.
So, what can we expect to see in Ontario this year?
The Weather Network’s winter forecast foresees a long, cold winter across most of the Ontario region. The colder than normal temperatures that we’ve seen so far are just the beginning.
Cold weather will be prevalent throughout the winter, especially during the second half of the season. The weather will relax at times during December, but the traditional January thaw is still expected with the potential for an extended thaw before a bitter conclusion to winter.
Near normal seasonal snowfall is expected, however, areas outside of the snow belts, including the Greater Toronto Area, may fall short of normal snowfall.
The Ontario region will be teased with an early spring, but overall the province can expect a delay in the arrival of consistent spring warmth.
However, this may not be the case for the rest of the country.
“A developing El Niño typically signals a milder winter across most of the country, and for Western Canada that is exactly what we expect for the upcoming season,” Chris Scott, Chief Meteorologist at The Weather Network, said in a recent press release.
“For the Western Prairies, this means the abnormally cold fall has not been a sign of things to come. However, from Ontario to Atlantic Canada we are seeing a snowy sneak preview of what will become the dominant pattern for winter.”
Here’s what’s in the forecast for other areas across Canada.
A mild winter is expected across B.C. with fewer threats of significant snow in coastal areas and interior valleys, challenging the ski season.
Less precipitation is anticipated with fewer storms and more periods of dry weather. However, the pattern will break down at times, potentially bringing an abundance of rain and mountain snow in a relatively short period of time. This should result in south coast rainfall totals to be close to normal.
There is expected to be back and forth swings in temperatures, which are expected to tip to the mild side of normal across Alberta and into western Saskatchewan.
Extended periods of harsh winter weather are predicted, along with periods of mild weather.
Most of the Prairie region is expected to see near normal or below normal snowfall.
November has provided Atlantic Canada with a teaser of the long and stormy winter that is expected across the region.
An active storm track from the Gulf of Mexico, up the U.S. East Coast and into Atlantic Canada is expected.
While many of these storms will track offshore and keep snow as the dominant precipitation type across the region, some of these storms will track further north bringing very mild temperatures and rain at times.
Above normal temperatures are expected to prevail throughout much of the region, including all of the Yukon and Northwest Territories and western Nunavut.
However, near to below normal temperatures are predicted for eastern Nunavut.
Above normal snowfall is expected across the Yukon and into western Northwest Territories.
Near normal snowfall totals are expected elsewhere across the region.
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