As we gear up for the official start of winter, it's time to start preparing for the season's cold embrace.
The Weather Network has revealed its comprehensive winter forecast for Canada in 2024, and it's signalling an intriguing season ahead.
El Niño, renowned for ushering in milder winters across Canada, is poised to deliver one of its strongest performances on record. But the outcome isn't as straightforward as one might expect.
The heart of winter—December through February—begins relatively mild across the country, delaying consistently frigid temperatures until later in the season. Although early winter weather has made appearances, a sustained cold pattern won't take hold until well into December. Pre-holiday weeks will likely witness near-normal or above-normal temperatures nationwide. Yet, 'normal' temperatures during this time remain chilly enough for winter's erratic behaviour to manifest, even sans a steadfast cold spell.
While past robust El Niño winters have tended toward continued mildness, this season could deviate from the norm in Canada's eastern half. A unique global weather pattern stemming from the current El Niño event and northern Pacific Ocean temperatures suggests an atypical winter ahead, diverging from traditional strong El Niño trends.
While Western Canada anticipates ongoing mild temperatures, the story unfolds differently from the eastern Prairies to Atlantic Canada, with winter poised to assert itself, notably in January and possibly February.
As for Ontario's forecast, as outlined by The Weather Network, residents are in for an intriguing winter journey.
Ontario's Winter Forecast 2024:
According to The Weather Network, Ontarians can expect a gentle initiation into winter, especially across the southern stretches of the province encompassing London, Hamilton, Toronto, and Ottawa. Early winter weeks are poised to offer less snow than usual, yet those yearning for a white Christmas need not relinquish hope. A shift to a more wintry setting is anticipated around the holiday season.
Heading deeper into winter's core prompts a pivotal question: will January sustain a mild trend characteristic of robust El Niño events, or will a conventional winter pattern finally take the reins? Present indications lean toward the likelihood of a colder scenario.
As the chill intensifies, the wide-open Great Lakes are poised to trigger abundant lake-effect snow in traditional snowbelt areas, heralding a snowy deluge.
The primary storm track is projected south of the border but remains close enough to potentially bring near-normal snowfall to Ontario's southernmost regions. However, the slightest shift in this trajectory could significantly alter final snowfall totals, a variable yet to be determined.
Ontario braces for a winter season marked by nuanced fluctuations, promising a blend of mild initiation, potential wintry landscapes, and the unpredictability that Mother Nature often commands.