Ottawa, Nov 18 (Canadian-Media): November's historically early snowfall in southern Ontario and power outages in the Prairies, has set a trend throughout the winter with forecasts of a long, cold and messy winter across much of Canada according to the seasonal forecast released Monday by the Weather Network, media reports said.
"The upcoming winter across the country looks to be more frozen than thawed, and we've already seen an early entrance of winter weather this fall," chief meteorologist Chris Scott said. "The signs that we're seeing this year do suggest...that it's going to be fairly long for many Canadians."
Scott said that British Columbia would experience slightly above normal temperatures with precipitation just below normal and Alberta would show above-normal precipitation in the south, with especially frigid temperatures throughout the province.
Scott predicted Saskatchewan and Manitoba to experience deep freeze trend especially the case in the southern parts of the Prairies and From southern Ontario to southern Quebec would have colder than usual winter with much more precipitation than normal. where as Quebec and Ontario would be stormy throughout with a mix of precipitation with potential for icy conditions. He added that all the provinces east of Manitoba will likely face a prolonged winter season and Atlantic Canada will witness a stormy season but not bitterly cold.
"It's going to be a real mess depending on where you are."
New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island would get lots of snow, Nova Scotia will have a mix of snow, ice and rain, in Newfoundland and Labrador snowfall will be average while Nunavut and the Northwest Territories will likely experience average winter conditions.
"In years past we've seen the climate change signal where we get warmer-than-normal winters, and that's something we're going to see for years and decades to come," Scott said.
But this year is an exception, he said, especially because near the North Pole, colder trend near Nunavut as opposed to near Russia and Scandinavia.
But in Yukon, the winter will likely be warmer than normal, Scott added.
Spring could show up early in 2020 for Yukon and British Columbia, while the rest of the country would be challenged with harsh and prolonged season.