Winter is coming. If you're not a fan of the snowy season, you might be a little upset by this. The latest winter forecast for Canada is showing a colder and wetter season because of La Niña.
The natural weather phenomenon La Niña has formed in the Pacific Ocean.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the U.S. said that there's a 75% chance of its conditions hanging around through the winter.
Even though this is happening in the Pacific, it could influence how the season goes in Canada as far east as Quebec.
La Niña affects the weather because it impacts the jet stream by retracting it westward and shifting it northward.
That means a colder and wetter winter could be on the way for parts of this country.
Kelsey McEwen, a meteorologist with CTV, said that this phenomenon will be felt in B.C., the Prairies, Ontario and even Quebec.
The territories and Atlantic Canada will be significantly less impacted.
Based on a forecast map from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, southern parts of B.C. and Ontario could see more precipitation than normal.
Quebec could also be impacted by that.
The cold extends from the west coast and into Ontario.
McEwen also said that the presence of La Niña doesn't mean that the entire winter season will be chillier and wetter.
Though when precipitation falls in Ontario and Quebec, there could be a lot of it, and the Prairies could see extended cold spells.
To be prepared, you might want to make sure you have a good shovel and your winter jacket still keeps you warm.
The Canadian Farmers' Almanac has already released a winter forecast that calls for a cold and stormy season for many parts of the country.
Now La Niña has been added to the mix!