As much as we hate to admit it, winter is coming. Before we know it, we’ll be hearing the crunch of fallen leaves beneath our feet and, not long after that, fallen snow. And according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, a weather guide established in the 1800s, Canadians can expect a ” yo-yo type of winter” ahead, but some provinces will have better luck than others.
The Almanac has named the 2021-2022 season a “frosty flip flop winter,” and for good reason. Temperatures and snowfall amounts will swing dramatically throughout the season, with “winter whopper” snowstorms thrown into the mix. Here’s a breakdown of what each province can expect.
January will be a stormy month across the country, especially along the Atlantic Seaboard. Wintry precipitation will go from “mild and wet” to “stormy and white,” even on the West Coast. Overall, though, B.C. can expect “typical winter temperatures and precipitation” to dominate the winter forecast this season.
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Frigid temperatures will grip the Prairies and Rockies this winter, especially in February, and even B.C. will get hit with an “unseasonable chill” during the second week and last few days of the month. “This winter’s temperatures will require some additional wool to keep the cold away,” says the Almanac.
As for Eastern and Central Canada, including Quebec and Ontario, January will start out warmer than normal but the mild days won’t last long. Temperatures will plunge in the second half of January, followed by a very cold and mostly dry February, with close to 60% fewer days of precipitation than in January in Quebec and the Maritimes. The month will end with a bang, and a “winter whopper” snowstorm will descend on parts of Quebec and Ontario at the end of February.
The Almanac says Ontario’s winter will be “icy” and “flaky,” and Quebec is in for “typical winter chill, a “stormy January,” and a “tranquil February.” Atlantic Canada will be “seasonably cold,” with precipitation levels near normal.
And if you were looking forward to an early start to spring, you may be out of luck. The Almanac says springlike days will be “few and far between” in March, and could even be unseasonably cold. Yikes!