The Weather Network has released its B.C. winter forecast and it may come as a shock to some.
For one, an impressive 18 record lows were set in the province in early October. Even more astonishing, Clinton hit a freezing low of -14.2°C, smashing its old record of -5°C set in 2012.
Currently, Environment Canada has issued heavy rain and wind warnings for Metro Vancouver. Flooding is possible in low-lying areas, and 80 km/hr winds may cause severe damage.
With all of that mind, the winter forecast is looking decidedly mild. In fact, The Weather Network predicts that the Lower Mainland will see fewer episodes of Arctic air as well as fewer threats of significant snow.
Furthermore, the forecast calls predicts that, “Below normal precipitation is anticipated across southern B.C. with fewer storms and more extended periods of dry weather.”
On the other hand, the forecast calls for wetter weather on the north coast.
The report also indicates that dry patterns will break for periods of abundant rain; during these times snowfall will have a chance to accumulate on the mountains.
With that in mind, the forecast expects that the ski season may be “challenging at times.”
In addition, preliminary indications point toward an earlier arrival of spring weather.