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Remembrance Day ceremonies challenged by weather

Staff writers
November 11, 2012 — Many Canadians will head outdoors for Remembrance Day ceremonies today. Here's a roundup of what to expect where you live.

Hundreds of veterans will take part in outdoor Remembrance Day ceremonies this weekend
Hundreds of veterans will take part in outdoor Remembrance Day ceremonies this weekend

With fall well underway, and winter-like weather in some provinces, it's a mixed bag for the many Canadians heading out to a Remembrance Day ceremony today.

In Atlantic Canada, aside from some potential for sea-effect snow in western Newfoundland and some flurries on Cape Breton Island, the region will be windy, but relatively seasonal.

In Southern Ontario, mild and breezy. While there will be a risk of some showers, mostly in eastern Ontario, they likely won't be severe, and patches of sun may make an appearance.

Northwestern Ontario will still be feeling the tail end of a winter-like storm that made its way across the Prairies earlier this week. In that part of the province, it will likely still be cloudy and rainy, with still a chance of snow in the more northern areas, although the worst will be over by 11 a.m.

Snow possibly also next door in Manitoba, although tapering off as the morning passes. Windy and cold, though, definitely below seasonal.

Saskatchewan may see some flurries, while Alberta will be dry, but in both provinces, you'll want to bundle up: Windchill will make it seem colder and well below seasonal.

In B.C., both the lower mainland and much of the southern interior may see a light rain, with cooler temperatures, while the north may see some snow.

November 11 caps off Veteran's Week in Canada, with many Canadians, including students, celebrating and remembering the nation's veterans.

The Royal Canadian Legion knows that the weather can play a big role when it comes to outdoor Remembrance Day ceremonies. 

Peter Groeger is the Membership Chairman of the Oakville Legion Branch 114. He says the forecast on November 11 is an important one. 

“The weather can have an impact on our attendance numbers at outdoor ceremonies, and it can also have an impact on our veterans,” Groeger told The Weather Network. “However, no weather would stop a Remembrance Day ceremony from taking place.” 

Groeger says he has seen just about every kind of weather on Remembrance Day, from snowstorms and rainstorms to bright sunny skies. He says rough conditions can be challenging for veterans. 

“Oh yes, the weather can make it difficult for them. Especially those that can't get around as easily,” says Groeger. “But they know the weather beforehand and they dress accordingly. That's the good part - they're only out there for about an hour.”

If you're heading to an outdoor ceremony today, be sure to check your Local Forecast. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV as we provide coverage from different Remembrance Day ceremonies across the country. 

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