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.
|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.|
|City||Temperature Forecast||Precipitation Forecast||Average temperatures||Average Precipitation|
|Vancouver||Near normal||Near normal||High 7 |
|Victoria||Near normal||Near normal||High 7 |
|Calgary||Near normal||Near normal||High -2 |
|Edmonton||Near normal||Near normal||High -7 |
|Regina||Near normal||Near normal||High -10 |
|Saskatoon||Near normal||Near normal||High -10 |
|Winnipeg||Near normal||Near normal||High -11 |
|Thunder Bay||Near normal||Near normal||High -7 |
|Sudbury||Near normal||Above normal||High -7 |
|Ottawa||Near normal||Near normal||High -5 |
|Toronto||Near normal||Near normal||High -1 |
|Windsor||Near normal||Near normal||High 0 |
|Montreal||Near normal||Near normal||High -4 |
|Fredericton||Near normal||Near normal||High -2 |
|Moncton||Above normal||Above normal||High -2 |
|Charlottetown||Above normal||Above normal||High -2 |
|Halifax||Above normal||Above normal||High 0 |
|St. John's||Above normal||Near normal||High 0 |
|Iqaluit||Above normal||Above normal||High -21 |
|Yellowknife||Below normal||Near normal||High -21 |
|Whitehorse||Near normal||Near normal||High -11 |