- It's official, The Weather Network's Quebec winter weather forecast is here with details about what our winter and spring will be like here in La Belle Province.
- Hopefully, you have already gotten used to the snow, because we're going to be seeing a lot more of it.
- This above-average snowfall, which looks like it will last into spring, could mean another very wet end to winter and the high potential for flooding, yet again.
The Weather Network has just released its Quebec Winter Weather forecast, which will hopefully help prepare us for the long, cold months ahead.
After a pretty historic opening to November, it looks like snow will continue to be the name of the game in Quebec. Not that snow comes as much surprise to those of us living in La Belle Province. Hell, I live in a neighbourhood in Montreal with "neige" right in the name.
Still, the last two weeks have been a little abnormal, when you consider the regular winter trajectory, so I'm not against having a little bit of a heads up when it comes to the next couple of months.
And according to The Weather Network, what we can expect is a bunch more of the same, and it's looking like it will continue well into spring again this year, like most of Quebec saw with the end of last winter.
Equally as exciting, the return of the "polar vortex" will leave much of Southern Ontario and Quebec with some arctic air, for good measure, and slightly above-normal precipitation for the season.
According to The Weather Network, these first two weeks of November have "provided a preview of what is to come," meaning people in Ontario and Quebec can "expect a long, cold and snowy winter."
Cold weather is expected to "remain consistent during mid and late winter," with Montreal and really most of Quebec remaining at near-normal temperatures for the season.
I would personally take snow over cold any day, though I'm lucky to have little problem getting around when it gets snowy and icy. For some, getting around when things get slippery is a nightmare, and relying on the city to deal with our wacky weather can sometimes be a letdown.
"A more active storm track," will be targetting central and southern Ontario, as well as Southern Quebec, meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham explains.
These regions, especially Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec, can expect "above-normal snow totals" as well as the "risk for freezing rain" at times, thanks to the Great Lakes
These regions will then see "an abundance of lake-effect snow," perhaps even until February, when "above normal ice coverage" will eventually take over, limiting the impact of the lake-effect.
Winter is then going to "hang on as we head into spring," explains meteorologist Kelly Sonnenburg.
According to Environment Canada's October 2019 Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River newsletter, "all the Great Lakes are well above average, with some remaining in record territory" when it comes to the current water level.
The Weather Network addresses this in their forecast, indicating that "flooding along the shorelines of the Great Lakes will be a serious issue," if we do see the kind of snow they're anticipating.
Considering the expansive impact flooding had on much of Quebec last year, this paints a worrisome picture.
But only time will truly tell, and we'll be here to keep you posted.
In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for people who could use a little help getting around out there - and don't be afraid to give it.
'Tis the season, after all.