Are you ready for another winter ride, full of chills and thrills?! According to the 2020 Canadian Farmers’ Almanac, winter 2019-20 will be filled with so many ups and downs on the thermometer, we had no choice but to dub it the “Polar Coaster” Winter!
“Our long-range forecast is calling for yet another freezing, frigid, and frosty winter for two-thirds of the country,” shares editor Peter Geiger, Philom., adding, “if you remember last winter’s freezing temperatures, you’re going to want to be prepared.”
The Canadian Farmers’ Almanac, which provides 16 months of weather forecasts for 5 zones, is predicting that the worst of the bitterly cold conditions will affect areas east of the Rockies to Quebec and the Maritimes.
The biggest drop—with the most freefalling, frigid temperatures—is forecasted to take hold from the Prairie Provinces into the Great Lakes. The coldest outbreak of the season will come during the final week of January into the beginning of February. During this time, the Arctic air could cause temperatures to drop as low as -40°C over the Prairies! As the freezing air blows across the Great Lakes, intense bursts of heavy snow showers and squalls could, in extreme cases, deposit perhaps 70 cm in just a single day, especially in the snowbelt of Ontario; 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.
The western third of the country will see near-normal (winter) temperatures.
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The Almanac calls for above-normal winter precipitation for much of Canada, so if you look forward to winter sports, you’re in for a thrill ride! January might be very white especially over the eastern half of the country. During this time, our forecast calls for a very active storm track to deliver frequent bouts of heavy precipitation, along with strong and gusty winds. Take note that January 4–7 and 12–15, depending on where you live, could see copious snow, rain, sleet, and ice.
According to our long-range outlook, spring will be slow to start with winter lingering across the across Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes on up into Newfoundland and Labrador. Occasional wet snow and unseasonably chilly conditions will hang on through March and into April. During the first week of April across the Great Lakes east into the Maritimes, there may be the threat of strong to severe weather, with some storms capable of spawning tornado activity for parts of Ontario.
Tell us: is a Polar Coaster winter good news in your book? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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