Wild winter? La Niña signals long, stormy season full of highs and lows 

The Weather Network’s 2017 Winter Forecast examines conditions across Canada

Oakville, Ontario, November 20, 2017 – Mounting snow banks, marathon shoveling sessions, icy windshields, delayed commutes. While we all know what to expect from winter by now, Canadians could be in store for a particularly stormy season, according to The Weather Network’s Winter Forecast.

“Due to a weak to moderate La Niña, this winter is shaping up to have two distinct personalities— while Canadians should brace themselves for periods of high-impact weather and an impressive amount of snowfall, the good news is we should get a mid-winter break,” explained Chris Scott, Chief Meteorologist at The Weather Network. “As a whole, Canadians should expect a wild ride from start to finish. It’s safe to say we’ll all be participating in winter this year.”

Here’s a more detailed look at the conditions expected across the country this winter:

Ontario & Quebec – A classic Canadian winter is expected for this region with an active storm track bringing above average snowfall across central and southern regions. There is also the threat for freezing rain at times across the south.  A stormy weather pattern could bring the Greater Toronto Area its snowiest winter in a decade.  In fact, there are some similarities in the global weather pattern between this year and the winter of 2007-2008, which brought Pearson airport its snowiest winter on record. The cold will be the bigger story across northwestern Ontario with colder than normal temperatures expected.  However, the pattern will relax at times with an extended period of milder weather expected mid-winter.

British Columbia – Colder than normal temperatures are expected across the eastern half of the province with near normal temperatures near the coast.  The province will see an abundance of wintry weather with excellent ski conditions for much of the season, but this winter will not be as persistent or as severe as it was last year, especially for the south coast of B.C.

The Prairies – The Prairies will experience the harshest winter weather in the country with below normal temperatures and above normal snowfall expected for much of the region, especially across the south. However, the frigid pattern is expected to relax at times and above normal snowfall is good news for areas that experienced drought conditions during the summer.

Atlantic Canada – A classic Canadian winter is expected with near to above normal temperatures for much of the region and above normal precipitation. Temperatures should still be cold enough for an abundance of snow and ice, but periods of milder weather and rain will keep the snowbanks from getting as high as they did during the infamous winter of 2014-2015.

With an abundance of snowfall and storms expected across the country, Canadians should pay extra close attention to the daily forecast as winter weather conditions can develop rapidly. Canadians can prepare for changeable weather patterns by visiting www.theweathernetwork.com or by downloading The Weather Network App and creating an account for personalized and up to the minute forecast information.

 The Weather Network: Winter 2017 Forecast


Temperature Outlook

Precipitation Outlook

British Columbia

Near normal along the coast, Lower Mainland, and Vancouver Island. Below normal for the northern and southern Interior of British Columbia. Near normal for coastal sections and Lower Mainland. Above normal for southern Interior British Columbia, below normal in northwestern British Columbia.


Below normal. Above normal for southern and central Alberta, near normal for northern Alberta.


Below normal. Above normal for southern Saskatchewan, near normal for central and northern Saskatchewan.


Below normal except near normal in extreme northern Manitoba. Near normal except above normal in the southwest.


Near normal for southern, central, and northeastern Ontario. Below normal for northwestern Ontario. Above normal for southern, eastern, and central Ontario. Near normal for northern Ontario.


Near normal. Above normal for southern Quebec, near normal for the remainder of the province.

The Maritimes and Newfoundland and Labrador

Above normal for Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and eastern New Brunswick. Near normal for western New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador except above normal for southwestern Newfoundland. Above normal for the Maritimes. Near normal for Newfoundland and Labrador except above normal for southern Newfoundland.

Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut

Below normal for eastern Yukon, near normal for western Yukon. Below normal for western Northwest Territories, near normal elsewhere. Above normal for Nunavut except near normal for southern areas. Below normal for Yukon, near normal for Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Complete Winter Forecast details, including regional breakdowns, maps and charts are available at www.theweathernetwork.com/winter.

Interview opportunities: The Weather Network meteorologists are available for interviews from November 20 to 22, 2017 to provide regional forecasts and additional information about this year’s Winter Forecast.

To arrange an interview with a meteorologist, please contact:

Madison Francis
High Road
416-644-2276, madison.francis@highroad.com

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