The Farmer’s Almanac has released their 2017/18 winter weather prediction / outlook / forecast for Canada. Their outlook is calling for drier and warmer than average winter for British Columbia and colder and snowier than average winter for Quebec and the east.
Farmers Almanac 2017 -2018 Winter Weather Forecast
THE COLD & SNOWY
The 2018 Canadian Farmers’ Almanac is anticipating a return to a colder, more normal winter from Quebec east into the Maritimes, with many locations experiencing above-normal precipitation.
From the Great Lakes going east across Quebec, and into the Maritimes, snowier-than-normal conditions are expected. Winter temps should also be 1–2°C below normal over the eastern two-thirds of the country.
THE WARM & DRY
In contrast, from the Prairie Provinces west to British Columbia, overall temperatures will average above normal. Moderate amounts of snow should fall over Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, while British Columbia is expected to see below normal precipitation. This is not to say that there won’t be occasional periods of heavy precipitation sweeping in from storms off of the Pacific, or shots of cold air pushing south from the Yukon (perfect for skiers!), but these should be balanced by spells of dry and mild weather.
For much of Ontario, expect to see wide swings in the weather pendulum, from very mild to very cold, and periods of tranquil weather mixed with occasional spells of tempestuous conditions.