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Winter Outlook 2012/2013


Winter 2012 temperature forecast
Winter 2012 temperature forecast

November 26, 2012 — Meteorologists at The Weather Network say there's the potential for some extremes in weather this winter. Find out more as they release the outlook for December 2012 and January, February 2013.

Winter 2012 precipitation forecast
Winter 2012 precipitation forecast

After one of the mildest winters on record, Canadians are in for a more "typical" winter this year. 

"Do expect some shifts in volatile weather patterns," warns Bryn Jones, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "Periods of nice weather will be offset by stormy weather."

Unlike last year, Jones adds that Canadians are bound to see a few harsh bites this winter. 

Large temperatures swings are expected from one side of the country to the other. Colder than normal conditions are forecast for much of the Northwest Territories into Nunavut and across the Boreal and Parkland regions of the Prairie provinces. While the eastern Maritimes and Newfoundland will not be immune from cold weather, temperatures are expected to average above normal in these regions. 

That's not to say the winter season won't be active however. Above average precipitation is forecast for Atlantic Canada and areas near the upper Great Lakes thanks in part to milder water temperatures.

See below for provincial and regional breakdowns.

Provincial Breakdown
Region Temperature Outlook Precipitation Outlook
British Columbia Near normal. Near normal.
Alberta Below normal for northeastern Alberta. Near normal conditions elsewhere. Near normal for the province.
Saskatchewan Below normal for northern and east-central Saskatchewan. Near normal conditions elsewhere. Near normal for the province.
Manitoba Near normal for the northeastern and southern parts of Manitoba. Below normal elsewhere. Near normal for the province.
Ontario Below normal for portions of the northwest. Near normal elsewhere. Above normal for the Georgian Bay region into the Nickel Belt. Near normal elsewhere.
Québec Above normal for areas around the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Near normal elsewhere. Above normal for areas around the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Near normal elsewhere.
The Maritimes and Newfoundland Above normal for Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, southeastern New Brunswick and most of Newfoundland. Near normal elsewhere. Above normal for Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, eastern New Brunswick and western Newfoundland. Near normal elsewhere.
Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut Below normal for most of the Northwest Territories and the western parts of Nunavut. Above normal for eastern Nunavut. Near normal elsewhere. Below normal for western Nunavut. Above normal for eastern Nunavut. Near normal elsewhere.

Regional Breakdown
City Temperature Forecast Precipitation Forecast Average temperatures Average Precipitation
Vancouver Near normal Near normal High 7
Low 1
Mean 4
452 mm
Victoria Near normal Near normal High 7
Low 1
Mean 4
396 mm
Calgary Near normal Near normal High -2
Low -14
Mean -8
33 mm
Edmonton Near normal Near normal High -7
Low -18
Mean -12
53 mm
Regina Near normal Near normal High -10
Low -20
Mean -16
42 mm
Saskatoon Near normal Near normal High -10
Low -21 
Mean -16
48 mm
Winnipeg Near normal Near normal High -11
Low -20
Mean -15
58 mm
Thunder Bay Near normal Near normal High -7
Low -19
Mean -13
94 mm
Sudbury Near normal Above normal High -7
Low -16 
Mean -12
186 mm
Ottawa Near normal Near normal High -5
Low -14
Mean -9
198 mm
Toronto Near normal Near normal High -1
Low -9
Mean -5
156 mm
Windsor Near normal Near normal High 0
Low -7
Mean -3
190 mm
Montreal Near normal Near normal High -4
Low -13
Mean -8
221 mm
Fredericton Near normal Near normal High -2
Low -13 
Mean -8
292 mm
Moncton Above normal Above normal High -2
Low -13
Mean -8
327 mm
Charlottetown Above normal Above normal High -2
Low -10 
Mean -6
209 mm
Halifax Above normal Above normal High 0
Low -9
Mean -5
418 mm
St. John's Above normal Near normal High 0
Low -7
Mean -4
424 mm
Iqaluit Above normal Above normal High -21
Low -29 
Mean -25
63 mm
Yellowknife Below normal Near normal High -21
Low -30 
Mean -25
43 mm
Whitehorse Near normal Near normal High -11
Low -20
Mean -16
48 mm

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