Central Canada Winter Weather Forecast Is Misery Incarnate: Almanac

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Dear weather gods, why do you forsake central Canada so?

The Old Farmer's Almanac is predicting an atrocious winter for central Canada, its editor Jack Burnett told CTV's Canada AM Thursday.

"It's going to be colder, it's going to be snowier," he said. "It's not pretty."

A long-range weather forecast for the Prairies shows that winter will be "colder than normal" with above average snowfall. April and May will also see unseasonally cold weather.

The mercury could fall below normal in Southern Ontario. Compared to last year's horrid winter, less snowfall is projected for southwest Ontario, though it will be above normal levels elsewhere, the Almanac said.

The Almanac's forecast for Ontario is consistent with that of Accuweather, which predicted a cooler-than-normal winter due to an El Nino system.

Temperatures could also be cooler in the Maritimes.

However, the winter weather forecast brings plenty of good news for southern B.C. with higher than average winter temperatures.

A warmer, but wetter winter is on order for southern Quebec.

Russell spoke to Canada AM just days after communities in northern Ontario experienced a summer snowfall. Geraldton, in particular, saw just under five centimetres.

But hey, the cold never bothered us anyway, right? RIGHT?!

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