VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The latest long-range weather outlook suggests we may have a stormy winter ahead.
The Weather Network predicts it will be colder and snowier than normal for much of BC, though a little milder for the South Coast. NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Russ Lacate agrees.
“Strong evidence of a La Niña signature in the ocean circulation continues to support the idea of a long range forecast — as in for December, January and February — that looks somewhat cooler than normal. And while I’m sure this prospect of extra snowfall comes as great news for the ski hill operators, I’ve got to say that our short-term outlook — maybe for the next three weeks or so — is still unusually wet and warm, even by November standards,” predicts Russ.
However, he suggests precipitation amounts will moderate and be closer to normal through the following months. “So it seems a good bet we will see some snowfall this winter, although perhaps not as much as we did as last year.”
For the rest of the country, the Weather Network predicts a particularly stormy season.
“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,” explains the network’s chief meteorologist Chris Scott.
“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,” he says.
“But the message from our forecast team is ‘buckle up’ because this looks like a stormy winter for most Canadians.”