Expect this winter to be a warmer one.
That’s from meteorologist Brett Anderson from AccuWeather.
Heading into the fall, temperatures in the fall are expected to stay above normal, which he said is linked partially to climate change.
“Warming of the waters along both coasts, also having an influence on temperatures. So those things certainly have to be factored in.”
Accuweather predicts an El Niño year, which occurs when waters in the tropics of the Pacific Ocean are warmer than usual, influencing the global weather pattern, leading to warmer temperatures.
If El Niño and continues to strengthen, Anderson said that where we can count on seeing a mild winter.
However, that’s not what the latest edition of the Canadian Farmers Almanac is calling for.
As a matter of fact, they’re forecasting quite the opposite for Southern Saskatchewan.
“It’s going to be teeth chattering cold with average snowfall,” said the publication’s managing editor Sandy Duncan.
Heavy snow is being predicting at points in November and at Christmas time, she also noted.
Duncan further said she expects this winter, which could see temperatures drop to the -40 range, to last a while.
“According to our long range outlook, it looks like March is going to stay kinda chilly and cold,” she said. “In fact, we have an early spring storm predicted over Saskatchewan bringing some heavy snow.”
(with files from CJWW and CKRM’s Jim Smalley)