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Preparing for a stormy winter

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

October 15, 2010 — With 2010 being a La Niņa year, several places are preparing for what could be an early and wicked winter.

Crews ready for snow removal in B.C.
Crews ready for snow removal in B.C.

Temperatures are starting to cool and some places have already seen flurries in the forecast. An early arrival of winter this year isn't completely out of the question, and it's all thanks to La Niņa.

“With La Niņa, what we see is a cooling of the waters near the equator near the South Pacific,” says Patrick Cool, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. “And what this does is it shifts the jet stream a little further north into Canada and throughout B.C.”

The cooler air and shift in the jet stream could lead to more rain and snow throughout the next few months. That has city crews in Vancouver on high alert.

“It's just a matter of getting ready is what we're always doing certainly around this time of year, but we're taking it a little more seriously for an early winter,” says Murray Wightman, Streets Superintendent in Vancouver.

Wightman adds that, “there'll be more people out at the start of a snowfall. We'll be ready.”

Time to start digging out hats and coats
Time to start digging out hats and coats

Meanwhile, residents in Ontario are beginning preparations of their own.

“I'm starting to look for my mitts and my gloves and layering up things,” says one woman we caught up with in Toronto. “I'll be ready for it when it comes, but enjoying it while it's nice out still,” says another Torontonian.

And one resident is already taking safety precautions. “I'm going to get my snow tires on my car in a couple weeks because we're going away, so yeah, I think I'm okay.”

Are you ready for winter yet? You can answer our current Poll Question on the homepage. Be sure to check the Canadian Cities Index as well to make sure you're prepared for whatever Mother Nature brings your way.

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