We know this is the last thing folks want to hear while catching those last summer rays, but Canada’s winter forecast is in, and it’s looking pretty frosty again this year. If you’re not quite ready to take a peak into what’s in store, we don’t blame you – head to a patio and prosper with an icy beverage in hand! Otherwise, it’s time to face the music.

ICYMI, The Farmers’ Almanac already forecasted a colder than average winter across Canada. And unfortunately, (unless you really really live & breathe ski season), the publication’s older counterpart is following suit. Let’s get into it.

A “sneaky cold” winter

The Old Farmer’s Almanac says that many Canadians are in for “surprise shots of extra-deep cold” throughout the season, with snow beginning as early as November across Atlantic Canada and Southern Quebec. As for the Prairies, the Almanac predicts temperatures to be around 7C degrees colder than average come January 2023.

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Photo via the 2023 Old Farmer’s Almanac Canadian Edition

“Frosty, frigid, freezing … however you say ‘cold,’ that’s what’s in store for most Canadians this winter,” says Janice Stillman, editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Canadian Edition.

And it’s not looking too much better for Ontario or BC, with icier conditions occurring in bursts throughout the season. According to the Almanac, much of Ontario will see increased snow, while most of BC will be blanketed in sleet and freezing rain. One positive thing to note though: Most of Canada will see normal (or “nearly so”) temps, aside from a number of periodic “mini-deep-freezes.”

Accuracy rate

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has helped readers prepare for the season for 231 years, with an 80 percent accuracy rate when it comes to forecasting weather. Although its analysis of weather patterns hasn’t always been ‘to the T,’ its long-range weather forecast has been pretty solid in years past.

Take it or leave it, that’s the winter forecast for this year. And while we aren’t particularly enthused about the forecasted “icebox conditions,” we are excited for cozy winter nights and mugs of hot cocoa. And perhaps some mulled wine. So there’s that.