Winter is coming! The Canadian Farmers’ Almanac’s famous long-range winter weather outlook is predicting…
Teeth-Chattering Winter Ahead!
Calculations based on the Canadian Farmers’ Almanac’s time-tested formula suggest that the winter of 2018-2019 will be a “teeth-chattering” cold one, with below-normal temperatures forecast for much of the country.
Just How Cold Will It Be?
For most of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and westernmost Ontario, temperatures will average much below seasonal norms. The coldest temperatures are expected during February 2019, when -40°C, or even -45°C, may be possible. So bundle up!
It will also be an unusually cold February in eastern Ontario and Quebec, with the coldest temperatures running south and east across the Great Lakes to the Laurentian Plateau. Only British Columbia will see near-normal temperatures through the winter. (Find your zone’s weather forecasts here.)
Snow Holds Barred
Precipitation-wise, the region around the Great Lakes could receive above-normal amounts, while the rest of the nation will have averages close to normal. The Canadian Farmers’ Almanac is also predicting a wet and/or snowy winter across British Columbia, where the thermometer will hover just above or just below the freezing mark.
An unusually snowy February 2019 for Quebec is also in the forecast, while the Maritimes could alternate between bouts of rain and snow. 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.
Late Start to Spring?
Spring will be late. Winter will hang on in many locations through April. This will be especially true for Quebec and the Maritimes, where a potent storm in mid-April could lead to wet snow, especially over higher elevations. This cool weather could stretch even into May!
What’s in store for winter 2019 for the U.S.? Check out the forecast with maps here.
Caleb Weatherbee is the official forecaster for the Farmers' Almanac. His name is actually a pseudonym that has been passed down through generations of Almanac prognosticators and has been used to conceal the true identity of the men and women behind our predictions.