OTTAWA — Environment Canada meteorologist Peter Kimbell says temperatures will be “near normal” this winter but “there’s no conclusive predictor.”
He noted that “a month ago, our models were forecasting above normal in December and now they’re forecasting near normal for December. We’re now forecasting above normal for January but it’s very possible that next month we’ll be forecasting near normal for January.”
It’s the second year of a La Nina weather pattern, which brings colder temperatures but Kimbell says the phenomenon has a negligible impact on the weather in Eastern Ontario.
Said Kimbell: “The coldest month is always January, followed by February. Sometimes that flips. In terms of average snowfall, we get the most snowfall typically in January.”