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Winter's comeback: Is it here to stay?


Staff writers
January 18, 2013 — Colder temperatures have settled into Canada, leaving some to wonder if winter has made a comeback.


Atlantic Canada has seen wind chills in the -50s(courtesy: Jake Nowry)
Atlantic Canada has seen wind chills in the -50s(courtesy: Jake Nowry)

Many have taken to social media to lament about the cold weather that has gripped the country.

It hasn't been this chilly in some time, leading some to speculate that winter, in a true Canadian sense, has finally returned.

This year, the season was off to a slow start.

The Great Lakes had an opportunity to stay warm longer than usual, resulting in below-average ice coverage.

After relatively cool and snowy conditions in December and January across southern Ontario, the region experienced a thaw. 

Now, an Arctic front has moved in, bringing frigid windchills along with it.

Last winter's daily highs were above average in Toronto
Last winter's daily highs were above average in Toronto

Atlantic Canada has seen windchills in the -50s and, while that isn't unusual for winter, it's particularly cold when compared to the past two winters, which were relatively mild.

"We haven't experienced temperatures like this [recently]," says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

"Now, we have cold temperatures flooding down from the Arctic and Siberia."

This latest bout of cold weather creates an opportunity for lake effect snow, a phenomenon which occurs when there is a minimum of a 13 degree temperature difference between the lake surface and the air.

With freezing windchills and the potential for more snow on the way, winter does appear to be making a comeback -- at least for the time being.

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