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Forecasters predict ski season 'by no means a total write-off'

Last Updated Nov 26, 2018 at 9:10 am PDT

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Summary

The latest seasonal outlook from the Weather Network forecasts some intense bouts of snow on local mountains

Despite the milder and drier conditions forecast for B.C., the Weather Network believes El Niño may break down at times

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – There may be a glimmer of hope for skiers and snowboarders in the latest seasonal outlook from the Weather Network.

In between stretches of drier, milder weather, forecasters at the network are predicting some intense bouts of snow on local mountains.

Despite the milder and drier conditions forecast for B.C., the network believes a developing El Niño may break down at times, potentially bringing an abundance of rain and mountain snow in a relatively short period of time.

“This should allow south coast rainfall totals to be close to normal despite the overall drier pattern,” the network said in a statement. “The ski season could be challenging at times, but is by no means a total write-off.”

The Weather Network also predicts an earlier arrival of spring weather.

“A developing El Niño typically signals a milder winter across most of the country, and for Western Canada that is exactly what we expect for the upcoming season,” said Chris Scott, Chief Meteorologist at The Weather Network.

“For the Western Prairies, this means the abnormally cold fall has not been a sign of things to come. However, from Ontario to Atlantic Canada we are seeing a snowy sneak preview of what will become the dominant pattern for winter.”