winter 2019 predictions canada

These are the winter 2020 predictions for Canada

Winter 2019 predictions for Canada aren't surprising if you live here, because then you already know winter often sneaks up on you as if from nowhere, bringing with it snow, ice, hail and slush.

And though we're only nearing the end of October, for some parts of Canada, winter has already arrived.

Manitoba was hit with an absolutely brutal snowstorm about two weeks ago, and the impacts of the storm are still being felt. 

And though the rest of Canada wasn't unlucky enough to have to weather a snowstorm in October, photos and videos of the snow were pretty much a teaser for what's soon to come for the rest of us. 

The Farmer's Almanac released their 2020 Canadian Extended Forecast not long ago, and the trends are looking so volatile they're dubbing it a "Polar Coaster" winter. Gross. 

"Our long-range forecast is calling for yet another freezing, frigid, and frosty winter for two-thirds of the country," said editor Peter Geiger.

 "If you remember last winter’s freezing temperatures, you’re going to want to be prepared."

The forecast is predicting particularly cold weather for areas east of the Rockies to Quebec and the Maritimes.

The parts of the country most likely to experience the absolutely coldest temperatures (think -40 C) are from the Prairie Provinces into the Great Lakes, particularly during the final week of January into the beginning of February.

And in the snowbelt of Ontario, which is the Strathroy area and the 402 corridor west of London, to the lee of Lake Huron, the Barrie area, and some of the highway 400 corridor, "bursts of heavy snow showers and squalls could, in extreme cases, deposit perhaps 70 cm in just a single day."

Meanwhile, those of you living in the western third of the country can count yourselves lucky because you're expected to see near-normal winter temperatures.

To add insult to injury, the Farmer's Almanac isn't the only one predicting a particularly brutal season for much of Canada. 

AccuWeather's 2019-2020 Canada winter forecast was also released not long ago, and its forecast is disappointingly similar. 

The forecast predicts windier than usual conditions for Alberta as well as a significant early season snowfall. 

For Saskatchewan and Manitoba, AccuWeather is saying "the strongest surges of Arctic air are expected to be directed into the eastern half of the Prairies this winter, along with bursts of snowfall from quick-moving storms."

And like the Farmer's Almanac, this forecast predicts that a cold and stormy winter is in the cards for Ontario. 

Quebec's forecast looks pretty similar to Ontario's, while Atlantic Canada will experience a fairly mild first half of the winter before a cold and stormy weather pattern sets in late in the season. 

And just like the Farmer's Alamanac, AccuWeather is predicting an (unfairly) mild and pleasant winter for B.C. 

So get ready, Canada, because winter is coming.

Lead photo by

Roozbeh Rokni


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