Near normal winter predicted for Northeast B.C.

Northeast B.C. is expected to see near normal temperatures and precipitation this winter.

The Weather Network released its seasonal forecast for Canada on Monday. Here are the outlooks for B.C., the Prairies, and the north:

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British Columbia

"A mild winter is expected along the B.C. coast and across much of northern B.C., while near normal temperatures are expected from northeastern B.C. to the southern interior. The north coast region is expected to see above average rainfall and alpine snow. For southern coastal areas, we expect fewer than normal rainy days. However, the dry pattern will break down at times with the potential to see several weeks' worth of precipitation in just 5 to 10 days. This should help the final precipitation totals approach seasonal.

"While a mild and dry forecast is not what skiers want to hear, there are reasons to remain optimistic about the ski season. The periods of active weather should coincide with the periods of cooler weather, allowing ski areas to pick-up substantial snowfall at times. Also, we do not expect the “Pineapple Express” to be a regular feature of the winter, which will help to limit the threat of excessive rain in the alpine regions.

"Meanwhile, near normal to above normal snowfall and near normal temperatures are expected for the central and southern Rockies."

Daily average temperatures in Fort St. John range between -11.4 C and -12.8 C during the winter months, while average monthly snowfalls range between 26.8 centimetres to 32.7 cm.

Winter precipitation forecast 2019-2020. - The Weather Network

The Prairies

"A long and frigid winter is expected, with the most consistent cold weather across Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Alberta will be more changeable with periods of mild weather at times, which could come close to offsetting the bouts of severe cold.

"Near normal snowfall is expected across most of the region, but the foothills of the southern and central Rockies and parts of southern Alberta should end up on the snowy side of normal."

Northern Canada

"A typical winter is expected across most of the region, including Yellowknife and Iqaluit with near-normal temperatures and snowfall. However, above-normal temperatures are expected to dominate across western areas, including Whitehorse."

The rest of Canada

Meanwhile, colder-than-normal temperatures are expected for much of Canada, with a "polar vortex" sweeping across central Canada through the eastern Prairies, the Great Lakes, and into Quebec.

Jet streams in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans will keep coastal regions relatively milder at times, though there may still be a two-week period where winter shows up out of the blue on the Pacific coast.

Conditions will also likely be favourable in British Columbia's ski areas, despite the slightly higher temperatures.

Yukon and British Columbia are also the only parts of the country where spring could show up early in 2020.

With files from The Canadian Press 

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