Much of Canada is in for a “long, cold and snowy winter”, according to The Weather Network.
The agency released its 2019-2020 Winter Forecast, which shows that the wild fall weather the country has had so far is a preview of our upcoming winter.
Snowy and cold weather has already hit many parts of Canada, and it looks like winter will continue that pattern.
“This fall has featured several rounds of historic winter-like weather from the Rockies to the St. Lawrence Valley,” said Chris Scott, Chief Meteorologist at The Weather Network. “While cold weather hasn’t locked in yet, all indications point toward a harsh winter ahead for much of the country with periods of severe cold and significant winter storms.”
The Weather Network also said we’re in for a long winter.
“Near normal or colder than normal temperatures are expected for most of the country, along with near normal to above normal snowfall,” reads the winter outlook. “The only regions where temperatures are expected to tip to the mild side of normal are near the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines.”
So what will winter look like where you live?
For those on the west coast, The Weather Network is expecting temperatures to be above normal near the coastline and across the north, but near seasonal temperatures and snowfall are expected for the province’s interior. As for precipitation, rainfall totals are expected to be slightly below normal for the south coast, but near normal snowfall is expected for the ski areas.
Ontario and Quebec
A “cold winter is expected, especially across northern Ontario.” The winter outlook calls for “an active storm track”, which they say will likely bring above normal snow totals to much of the region, along with a risk for ice at times, especially across the south. And to top off the winter news, The Weather Network is also forecasting a delayed start to spring.
Across Saskatchewan and Manitoba, a long and frigid winter is expected. The Weather Network says that Alberta will see periods of mild weather that could come close to offsetting the bouts of severe cold. But with that said, near normal snowfall is expected across most of the region.
“An inconsistent start to winter is expected, but this region will still see an abundance of winter weather with near to above normal snowfall totals,” states the Weather Network. Southern and eastern coastal areas of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland will see periods of milder weather at times with a higher potential for rain and ice. And like Ontario, a delayed start to spring is expected.
A typical winter is expected across Northern Canada with near normal temperatures and snowfall. However, periods of milder weather at times across western areas should tip this region to the mild side of normal, according to the Weather Network.