Weather Network Says to Expect Wide Variety of Extreme Weather for Winter


TORONTO – “This winter will feature a wide variety of extreme weather across Canada,” says Chris Scott, Chief Meteorologist at The Weather Network. “The focus of the severe cold will be across western Canada, especially during January and February. Meanwhile, extended periods of mild weather are expected from the Great Lakes to the Maritimes with the potential for record warmth. However, arctic air will also push into these regions from time to time, and an active storm track coast to coast will deliver an abundance of snow and ice to most of Canada.”

The prediction for Western and Northern Ontario is for more snow than usual come January and February.

Here is a more detailed look at what we can expect across the country from our winter of extremes:

British Columbia
Colder than normal temperatures are expected across B.C., especially during January and February with a heightened risk for extended periods of frigid weather and heavy snow. Above normal precipitation is expected for southern parts of the province, and an outstanding ski season is anticipated with an abundance of fresh powder to enjoy.

A frigid winter is expected across the region. While the first half of December will bring periods of very mild weather, we expect that this region will lock into a much colder pattern for January and February with a heightened risk for extended periods of severe cold.  A snowy winter is also expected across the southern half of Alberta and parts of southern Saskatchewan. Near normal snowfall is expected elsewhere.

Ontario and Quebec
December should bring a period of consistent early winter weather, but we expect January and February will bring extended periods of very mild weather. However, the frigid air to the west will attempt to press into the region at times, and an active storm track across the region will bring a heightened risk for major winter storms with heavy snow, ice, and rain. Northern Ontario will be the battle zone between frigid weather to the west and mild air to the south. This will result in changeable temperatures and near to above seasonal snowfall.

Atlantic Canada
A mild pattern is expected to dominate across the Maritimes this winter, primarily during January and February. Near normal temperatures are expected for Newfoundland. An active storm track will bring above normal precipitation to much of the Maritimes and near normal precipitation to Newfoundland and Labrador. However, a variety of different storm types and tracks are expected with a heightened risk for rain and ice at times.

Northern Canada
This winter is expected to be colder than most of the recent winters of the past decade. A colder than normal winter is expected for much of the Yukon, NWT, and southern Nunavut with near normal temperatures for the high arctic with near normal snowfall.

Keep in mind that winter brings rapidly changing weather and dangerous travel conditions throughout Canada.

 The Weather Network: Winter 2020-21 Forecast 


Temperature Outlook

Precipitation Outlook

British Columbia

Below normal

Above normal south and central coast and interior regions; Near normal elsewhere


Below normal

Above normal south and central; Near normal elsewhere


Below normal

Above normal southwest and southcentral; Near normal elsewhere


Below normal

Near normal


Above normal south, east and northeast; Below normal far northwest

Above normal south, east and northeast; Near normal elsewhere


Above normal south; below normal far north

Above normal south; Near normal elsewhere

The Maritimes and Newfoundland and Labrador

Above normal Maritimes; Near normal Newfoundland, below normal coastal Labrador

Above normal Maritimes; Near normal Newfoundland and Labrador

Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut

Below normal Yukon, NWT, and southern Nunavut; Near normal elsewhere

Below normal southwest Yukon; Near normal elsewhere

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