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Here’s the Winter Forecast Across Canada, According to AccuWeather

Meteorologists provide a sneak peek at Canada’s winter forecast, from coast to coast.

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Winter forecast Canada 2020 - expected temperature and snowfallPhoto: AccuWeather

A sneak peek at the winter forecast across Canada

Depending on how you feel about sledding, skiing and skating, the most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner—and in Ontario and Quebec at least, the extended forecast looks tailor-made for winter fun. The meteorologists at AccuWeather have just issued their long-range predictions for winter 2020-2021, and it’s painting a prettier picture in some regions than others, with a few surprises in store in terms of projected temperatures and snowfalls across the country. Check out the highlights of their winter forecast in Canada, region by region.

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Winter forecast - snow in VancouverPhoto: Shutterstock

Winter forecast for British Columbia and Alberta: Snowy and cold

According to the AccuWeather long-range forecast, B.C.’s winter will kick off with a number of storms, especially in the southern part of the province. These storms will result in “copious amounts of rainfall along the coast with heavy snowfall for ski country in the Coastal Range and also throughout the Rockies of southeastern British Columba and southwestern Alberta,” says Brett Anderson, AccuWeather’s Senior Meterologist.

Along with heavy snowfall, a strong jet stream is also likely to make conditions windier than normal in B.C. and Alberta. Vancouverites in particular will experience a higher-than-normal volume of strong Pacific storms with frequent rounds of strong winds and heavy rainfall. The sheer number of storms anticipated this season also means a higher likelihood of significant snowfall (at least, by Vancouver standards).

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Winter forecast across Canada - cold woman seeing breath

Winter forecast for the Prairies: Cold without much snow

The long-range winter forecast for Saskatchewan and Manitoba isn’t providing much opportunity for snowmen. As is often the case, many of the storms experienced in the west will weaken as they cross the Rocky Mountains and into the Prairies, setting the stage for a below-average snowfall.

Despite missing out on snow, the Prairie provinces will endure their fair share of frigid cold air from the Arctic. Luckily, the cold snaps are expected to come and go more quickly than usual.

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Winter forecast Canada - Skiing in Mont Tremblant QuebecPhoto: Shutterstock

Winter forecast for Ontario and Quebec: Snowy but mild

Ontario and Quebec’s winter weather forecast is a blessing for skiers, skaters and outdoor enthusiasts, providing the perfect combination of above-average snowfall and mild temperatures. According to Anderson, a storm track from the central Plains of the United States will extend into southern Ontario and Quebec (including in the major ski areas in southern Quebec), leading to prime winter wonderland conditions. However, the milder air that will likely come with these snow storms may lead to mixed precipitation and rain events, particularly in southern Ontario.

Warmer weather above the Great Lakes will also reduce the number of lake-effect snowfalls (which occur when cold air from up north travels across the Great Lakes to produce heavy snow in the areas surrounding the Lakes). Ice cover in the Great Lakes is expected to be below normal as well.

Torontonians will be spared from extreme cold weather this year, says Anderson. And, “when it does get cold—and there will certainly be some Arctic outbreaks—the cold will not hang around for long.” Cold snaps are expected to be mercifully brief in Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City, as well. However, Anderson warns major winter storms could unleash heavy snowfall and ice in these urban areas.

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Winter forecast Canada - Snow in St. John's NewfoundlandPhoto: Shutterstock

Winter forecast for the Atlantic Provinces: Heavy snowfall

According to AccuWeather, snowfall totals in the easternmost part of Canada are expected to rise as the new year begins. This will be coupled with falling temperatures in the region at the same time.

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