Get ready for snow, storms, and lots of it, according to The Weather Network.
The Weather Network has released its winter forecast, saying that Canadian could be in store for a stormy season involving mounting snowbanks, icy windshields, and plenty of shoveling sessions.
“Due to a weak to moderate La Niña, this winter is shaping up to have two distinct personalities— while Canadians should brace themselves for periods of high-impact weather and an impressive amount of snowfall, the good news is we should get a mid-winter break,” said Chris Scott, Chief Meteorologist at The Weather Network.
“As a whole, Canadians should expect a wild ride from start to finish. It’s safe to say we’ll all be participating in winter this year,” said Scott.
In the east, the Weather Network has forecasted a “classic Canadian winter” for Ontario and Quebec, with above average snowfall across central and southern regions.
“A stormy weather pattern could bring the Greater Toronto Area its snowiest winter in a decade,” states the winter forecast, which also compared this upcoming seasonal pattern to the winter of 2007-2008, a time when Pearson airport had its snowiest winter on record.
Meanwhile in the west coast, BC can expect colder than normal temperatures, as the province will see a wintry season with excellent ski conditions. Snow has already been falling around BC, but the Weather Network said that this season will not be as persistent or severe as last year, especially for the south coast.
In the Prairies, the weather news isn’t great. The region is set to experience the harshest winter weather in the country, with below normal temperatures and above normal snowfall expected for much of the region, especially across the south. But, the Weather Network said that the frigid pattern is expected to relax at times, and “above normal snowfall is good news for areas that experienced drought conditions during the summer”
So basically, winter is coming, and it will bring with it a lot of snow and storms.
But there is some good news on the horizon.
Although they said it is too early to have much confidence in weather patterns for the spring, similar weather patterns in the past had one thing in common, an early spring.
“Of course a lot can change between now and then,” states the Weather Network. “But our preliminary thought it that most of Canada will be near or below seasonal during the month of March.”