November 24, 2010 — The winter of 2010 / 2011 will be a 'typical' one across much of the country. Canadians can expect a colder and snowier winter than last year. Find out more as The Weather Network meteorologists release their outlook for December 2010 and January and February 2011.
A “typical” Canadian winter
Meteorologists at The Weather Network are warning Canadians to prepare for some extremes in weather this winter. Quite the change from last winter when much of the country got off lightly thanks to El Niño. This winter, La Niña is likely to produce more stormy and changeable weather across the country. It may not be a repeat performance of the big La Niña winter that gave Eastern Canada a very snowy season in 2007-08, but it is likely to be a snowier winter than last year. See below for provincial and regional breakdowns.
Temperatures for the winter season are expected to be below normal for northern and central BC, while the south coastal areas and interior will be near normal. Most of the province can expect near normal precipitation, but the south interior and coastal BC will be wetter than usual.
Alberta and Saskatchewan
Northern areas in both provinces will be below normal in terms of temperatures and the central and southern regions will be near normal. Both provinces can also expect near normal precipitation with above normal precipitation expected along the Alberta foothills.
The extreme northwest tip of the province will feel below normal temperatures, while the rest of the province will be near normal. The entire province can expect near normal precipitation this season.
It will be a normal winter in terms of temperatures in Ontario. Most of the province can expect near normal precipitation as well except for the extreme southwest, where wetter than normal conditions are anticipated.
The extreme north of the province will experience warmer than normal temperatures and drier than normal conditions. The rest of Quebec can expect near normal winter conditions.
It will be a normal winter for most of the Maritimes in terms of temperatures and precipitation. Most of Newfoundland and Labrador will see above normal precipitation and coastal Labrador can expect above normal temperatures.
The central and southern Yukon and Northwest Territories can expect below normal temperatures, while the far north and eastern regions of Nunavut will be above normal. Temperatures elsewhere will be near normal. The Northwest Territories and southern Nunavut will be drier than normal while eastern Baffin Island can expect above normal precipitation. Precipitation elsewhere will be near normal.
|City||Temperature Forecast||Precipitation Forecast||Average temperatures||Average Precipitation|
|Vancouver||Near normal||Above normal||High 7|
|Victoria||Near normal||Above 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||Near normal||High -7|
|Ottawa||Near normal||Near normal||High -5|
|Toronto||Near normal||Near normal||High -1|
|Windsor||Near normal||Above normal||High 0|
|Montreal||Near normal||Near normal||High -4|
|Fredericton||Near normal||Near normal||High -2|
|Moncton||Near normal||Near normal||High -2|
|Charlottetown||Near normal||Near normal||High -2|
|Halifax||Near normal||Near normal||High 0|
|St. John's||Near normal||Above normal||High 0|
|Iqaluit||Above normal||Near normal||High -21|
|Yellowknife||Below normal||Below normal||High -21|
|Whitehorse||Below normal||Near normal||High -11|