The Weather Network’s chief meteorologist says we need to “buckle up” because it looks like a Classic Canadian winter is shaping up due to cooler waters off the coast of South America which causes La Nina, not to be confused with El Nino which has the opposite effect of giving us warmer conditions than normal. Some parts of Canada, including the prairies, are expecting above normal levels of precipitation, meaning snow, and mostly colder than normal temperatures. La Nina winters also tend to mean changeable weather where we could be pounded by snowstorms and cold temperatures intermixed with some milder periods. This winter could also linger past its expiry date in March.
The good news is a strong snow pack could benefit soil conditions in the spring and ski resorts here in the west expect a good season as they are already getting snow. This could be a year where our city, towns and villages snow removal budget could be used up and then some. But, as you know, we can’t sue Mother Nature for non-support. So let’s make sure our homes and vehicles are prepared, dress properly and keep your head and neck warm to prevent colds. Remember what the toque said to the scarf: you hang around while I go on ahead.