AccuWeather.com forecasts that following the third-warmest winter on record in Canada last year, snow and cold will make a comeback across much of the nation this winter.
In a forecast issued Oct. 17, the U.S.-based firm said slightly colder-than-normal weather with near-normal snow is predicted for most of the Prairie region, which was the warmest spot last winter.
“While a large area of high pressure dominates Alaska and at times Western Canada, drier-than-normal conditions may be in store for much of Alberta and British Columbia this winter,” the forecast said.
It said near-normal snowfall is predicted for the Canadian Rockies, while Alberta Clipper systems graze the area. “With cold air, the snow that falls will stick around through much of the winter and into spring,” the forecast said.
It said southern Ontario and Quebec should have a return of winter with near-normal temperatures and snow, especially during January and February. Atlantic Canada and the Maritime provinces will be one exception to colder weather, but long-range forecasters expect major winter storms to have an impact on the region.