October is almost over, and that means that people are going to start thinking about Canada's winter forecast. What will the season look like this year, and how soon is the snowy weather going to start? That all depends on where you live.
The Farmer's Almanac has its winter outlook for the end of 2020 out right now, and they have made predictions about when each Canadian region will see its first snow. Depending on how you feel about winter, it's time to either get excited or afraid.
When will there be snow?
Even though Canadians haven't yet made it all the way through fall, the spectre of snow is still on their minds. Some areas won't be waiting too long for the first bit of the white stuff.
The Farmer's Almanac predicts that southern Ontario will see snow as early as November 4 to 9. After that, more may arrive in the following week, with an additional blitz later in the month.
The southern region of Quebec was expected to see some snow followed by milder weather between October 24 and Halloween.
However, more significant winter weather may come in November, with periods of snow showers and flurries persisting from the seventh to the end of the month.
Which areas had snow already?
Despite not even being out of October, some areas have already had to deal with snow.
On the east coast, Nova Scotia got some of the white stuff piling up in Antigonish in early October.
Newfoundland and Labrador also got a healthy dose of winter weather with a fall blizzard right around Thanksgiving.*
Meanwhile, in the Prairies, cities including Calgary and Edmonton have already dealt with some noticeable beds of winter dump.*
Even the northern regions of Ontario have had their first snow of the year, and it's hard not to admit that it makes everything look pretty.
Where is the longest wait for snowy weather?
As it has come to be expected every year, the southern portion of British Columbia is likely to get a late start on winter.
The Farmer's Almanac predicts that the region will not have its first snowfall until sometime between November 16 and 20, and even then it will only be in the more northern areas.
That's not the case, mind you, for central-ish B.C. Up in Prince George, for instance, The Weather Network expects some scattered flurries marking the occasion on Halloween.*
From now until then, southern B.C. residents will probably see a lot of the weather the province is known for: rain. Cooler temperatures are also expected during this time.
Even with its milder temperatures, at least one Vancouver ski resort is letting people know that it's ready to open up once the snow really hits.
*Editor's note: This article has been updated.