As temperatures in Southwestern Ontario crept to near-record highs Tuesday, at least one forecaster predicts a snowier, colder-than-average winter for the region.
“It seems like when we have warm Octobers, we pay for it in winter,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Brett Anderson said Tuesday.
The month-by-month winter predictions may make us long for the mild season the region enjoyed last winter, he said.
Though shirtsleeves and shorts were the uniform of the day Tuesday when the high was in the low 20s C, Accuweather found a way to burst autumn’s bubble.
Last winter’s temperatures were moderated by an El Nino warming system.
This winter, a mild La Nina system — cooling air currents coming from cooler tropical waters in the Pacific Ocean — is in the forecast, Anderson said.
The likelihood of storms will increase as those breezes pick up moisture from the warmer-than-average Great Lakes.
And for those who like winter — who think that a horrible, no-good, very bad winter would be one that’s devoid of snow — Anderson says skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling should be much better than last year’s truncated season.
Winter is coming
AccuWeather senior meteorologist Brett Anderson’ winter forecast for Southwestern Ontario:
December: “probably . . . when we will see the most precipitation, the most storms,” with snow expected to pile up in late December.
January: Cold settles in, “overall snowfall will pile up.”
February: Most snowstorms likely to fall east of us in Quebec, with temperatures near or below average.