Hated last winter? Get ready to hate this one, too.
The Weather Network‘s winter forecast shows an El Nino system will likely bring colder-than-normal temperatures across much of Canada, including the eastern Prairies, Ontario and Quebec.
B.C., however, should see normal temperatures. Even though El Nino is often associated with a warmer winter, it’s so far a weak system, which could result in colder temperatures, the forecast says.
"Overall, we expect the pattern across Canada to resemble, but not replicate last year," Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham said Tuesday. "So, you can expect below seasonal temperatures, just not quite as harsh as last year.
"But we think there’s going to be more breaks in the weather this year, when the temperatures will be higher than normal. Last winter was so relentless because there was an absence of breaks."
Overall, the southern coast of B.C. should expect higher-than-average temperatures and lower precipitation. An average winter is expected for the rest of the province.
The Prairie provinces have drastic weather changes to look forward to, with temperature swings expected in Alberta and most of Saskatchewan.
Lower-than-average temperatures are forecast for Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan.
Ontario and Quebec are headed for another year of colder-than-normal temperatures, with potential for more snow depending on a storm track from the northeastern U.S.
Atlantic Canada is expected to have an average winter.