Salman Haruki, Canadian Press
Posted on Monday, November 18th, 2019 4:27 pm EST
It will be a long, cold and disorderly winter across much of Canada, according to a weather forecast released Monday by the Meteorological Network.
November has already brought historic snowfall in southern Ontario and power cuts in Prairie, setting what chief meteorologist Chris Scott said would be a trend throughout the winter.
"The coming winter across the country seems to have been frozen by the melt and we have already seen early winter entry this fall," he said. "The signs we see this year indicate that we are in winter more than in the country – and that it will be quite long for many Canadians."
But things look a little better in British Columbia, where Scott said temperatures will be slightly above normal and precipitation will be below normal.
However, he said there could still be a two-week period when winter appears out of the blue on the Pacific coast. Conditions will also be favorable in the ski areas of British Columbia, despite slightly warmer temperatures.
In Alberta, Scott said, in the south there will be above-normal rainfall, with particularly cold temperatures across the province.
The trend of deep freezing will continue through Saskatchewan and Manitoba. This is especially the case in the southern parts of the Prairies, where Scott said he expects cold air to dock for the season.
From southern Ontario to southern Quebec, Scott said, people can prepare for a winter that is colder than usual and has much more rainfall than normal.
He expects to be stormy across Quebec and Ontario, but said there will be a mix of rainfall. This means that rain can often wash away snow over large dumps and may have the potential for ice conditions.
"Once we calm down in winter, it doesn't look like early spring," Scott said, saying winter in Ontario and Quebec would be a slogan towards the end.
In fact, Scott said, all the provinces east of Manitoba are likely to face an extended winter season. Spring time is expected to arrive in late March or early April.
In Atlantic Canada, Scott predicted it would not be bitterly cold, but it would be a very stormy season.
"It's going to be a real mess depending on where you are," he said.
There will likely be a lot of snow in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, Scott said, while in Nova Scotia there will be a mix of snow, ice and rain.
In Newfoundland and Labrador, Scott said, snowfall will be average.
Scott said Nunavut and the Northwest Territories are likely to experience average winter conditions, which contributes to the recent trend of warmer winters in the Far North.
"In recent years we have seen a signal of climate change where we are getting warmer winter than winter and that is something we will see for years and decades to come," Scott said.
But he said this year is an exception, especially since near the North Pole, colder air tends to be treated near Nunavut, as opposed to Russia and Scandinavia.
But in Yukon, winter is likely to be warmer than normal, Scott added.
Yukon and British Columbia are also the only parts of the country where spring may appear in early 2020. Scott said the rest of the country needs to prepare for the harsh and prolonged season.
This Canadian Press report was published on November 18, 2019