Prairies to experience 'harshest' winter weather in Canada: Weather Network outlook

Annette Crawford
November 21, 2017

The network is forecasting "a particularly stormy season" across Canada this winter.

Jo-Anne D'Amour makes her way through a puddle following a storm in Ottawa on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. These regions will see more snow than usual.

The Weather Network just unveiled its long-term winter forecast, which calls for below average temperatures and more than normal levels of precipitation.

"Strong evidence of a La Niña signature in the ocean circulation continues to support the idea of a long range forecast - as in for December, January and February - that looks somewhat cooler than normal".


People courageous the brisk weather as a cold snap grips the Nations Capital in Ottawa on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. However, 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.

Enjoy the warming temperatures this week, because according to the latest weather outlook, Albertans can expect to experience cold and a lot of snow this winter.

However, he suggests precipitation amounts will moderate and be closer to normal through the following months. Rain and ice are forecast to be potential threats for residents along the north shore of Lake Erie.

"We're thinking temperature-wise the core of the coldest air will sit across the central and southern Prairies...in terms of where the harshest cold will be, it'll be in [Winnipeg's] neck of the woods", said Brad Rousseau, meteorologist with The Weather Network. The province will see an abundance of wintry weather with excellent ski conditions for much of the season, but this winter will not be as persistent or as severe as it was previous year, especially for the south coast of B.C.

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