Mixed bag of snow, freezing rain is expected in Canada this weekend

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Environment of Canada has issued a special weather statement yesterday giving a warning of a “mixed bag of winter precipitation” expected to hit the Canada this weekend.

The network is predicting Western Canada will have warmer than normal temperatures this winter, while the eastern half of the country will experience a long-lasting and colder than normal season.

A low pressure system is expected to track over southern Ontario Saturday, bringing snow to the National Capital Region Saturday morning before it changes to freezing rain later in the day.

The precipitation doesn’t end there. Freezing rain may change to rain during part of Saturday night before it changes back to snow early Sunday morning, causing travel conditions to deteriorate, the weather agency said.

The Weather Network’s chief meteorologist Chris Scott said “When you look at the country in two halves, we think winter will end sooner in Western Canada. Whereas farther east, we think while it might not be harsh at all times, it does have some longevity and we’re going to be begging for spring by the time we get to early March.”

Scott also talk about the winter forecast for each region in Canada:

Ontario and Quebec:  The network is predicting an overall long and cold winter across Canada’s two most populous provinces, and Scott said the second half of the season will be especially bitter.

He said below-normal temperatures are expected for both Quebec and Ontario, but that doesn’t mean every week will see frigid temperatures.Through December and even parts of January, this is going to be a back-and-forth kind of winter,” he said.

“But we do think the back half of winter has some serious cold to it, and some longevity. That’s going to make people rather weary, unfortunately, by the time we hit February and into March,” said Scott.

British Columbia: Scott said the network is forecasting a mild winter for the West Coast, and significantly less snowfall than normal.

This does not look like one of those epic winters that we can sometimes see,” said Scott. “We may get one or two storms that deliver snow, but it does not look like a big snowy winter.”

However, he said the overall dry weather pattern will break at times, with the province’s South Coast region getting a closer to normal amount of precipitation.

Ontario and Quebec: The network is predicting an overall long and cold winter across Canada’s two most populous provinces, according to Scott the second half of the season will be especially bitter. He said below-normal temperatures are expected for both Quebec and Ontario, but that doesn’t mean every week will see frigid temperatures.

“Through December and even parts of January, this is going to be a back-and-forth kind of winter,” he said.

British Columbia: Scott said that the network is forecasting a mild winter for the West Coast, and significantly less snowfall than normal.

“This does not look like one of those epic winters that we can sometimes see,” said Scott. “We may get one or two storms that deliver snow, but it does not look like a big snowy winter.”

However, he said the overall dry weather pattern will break at times, with the province’s South Coast region getting a closer to normal amount of precipitation.

Atlantic Canada: According to Scott the region will overall get a long and stormy winter, with “significant snowfall” that will persist into spring.

“We think if any part of the country has got an epic winter in store, it’s Atlantic Canada,” Scott said.

Scott said above-normal amounts of snow are expected for most of Atlantic Canada, particularly the southern part of the region.

The Prairies: The network said the region will be a “battle zone” between the mild Pacific air to the west and Arctic air to the east.

“We’re expecting a roller-coaster of weather” in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, said Scott.

Temperatures are expected to be warmer than normal in Alberta and western Saskatchewan, while temperatures are expected to be closer to normal for eastern Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Northern Canada: Above-normal temperatures are forecasted for Yukon, Northwest Territories and western Nunavut, and near to below-normal temperatures are predicted for eastern Nunavut.

“The region is not going to be as cold as it can be,” said Scott.

The network said above-normal snowfall is expected across Yukon and into western Northwest Territories. “The rest of the North won’t see any major signs of above- or below-normal precipitation,” said Scott.

Now, Environment Canada said that they couldn’t provide snowfall or rainfall amounts due to significant differences between forecast models.

“It currently appears that the heaviest snow may remain to the west of Ottawa with significant freezing rain a greater potential. However, this is subject to change,” Environment Canada said in a weather bulletin Thursday evening. But Much colder air is expected to move into the region by Friday of –2 C.