After the unusually warm and snowless winter of 2011—2012, many people questioned if winter could make a comeback. Well it did. Last winter was cold and especially snowy.
So what’s in store for this winter? The “Days of Shivery” are back! For 2013—2014, we are forecasting a cold winter for much of Canada. A large area of below-normal temperatures will predominate from roughly east of the Rocky Mountains to the Eastern Great Lakes. Coldest temperatures will run south and east across the Laurentian Plateau to the Great Lakes. Only along the Pacific Coast and Maritime Provinces will winter temperatures average close to normal.
Precipitation-wise, drier than normal precipitation amounts are expected over British Columbia–an anomaly of sorts, since wet weather is usually the norm during the winter season. Meanwhile over the Prairies near-normal precipitation amounts are expected. Ontario and Quebec could be in for a snowy winter season while farther east, the Maritimes could vacillate between bouts of rain and snow.
Significant snowfalls are forecast for parts of every zone. Over Quebec and the Maritimes, the first two weeks of February could be in for possible heavy winter weather. This particular part of the winter season will be notably volatile.
And mid-March could bring a wave of storminess stretching almost from coast to coast, bringing a wide variety of precipitation types as well as strong and gusty winds.