The new year is almost upon us and as you start planning what you'll be doing when the calendar switches over to 2020, it's important to check the weather. New Year's Eve in Canada has forecasts calling for snow in most places across the country. If you're heading out to see fireworks you might want to wear boots!

In many places, a popular choice for celebrating New Year's is spending it outside with crowds of people all counting down to the new year. But one of the Canadian risks to this kind of fun is that, if the weather doesn't cooperate, plans can be spoiled pretty quickly. 

Across the country, The Weather Network is forecasting snow in many parts of the country on the night of the festivities, so as the fireworks crackle in the sky, you could also see snowflakes falling to the ground.

The winter precipitation is not beloved by everybody, so the saving grace for many cities on New Year's Eve is that temperatures across the country won't be too cold.

In Alberta, Yukon, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, P.E.I. and Halifax, almost all of the major cities have the potential for winter weather.

The territories will be a little bit colder than the provinces.

Whitehorse is expected to be at -9 C at night with some light snow while Yellowknife will be -14 C and Arviat will reach -17 C without it.

On December 31, it will actually be above zero in Edmonton with a rain-snow mix expected for the nighttime celebrations. 

Calgary will be comfortable right at zero, with no precipitation in the forecast.

In Saskatoon and Regina, you can expect -5 C with snow coming down during celebrations at night on New Year's Eve.

Winnipeg will be about -13 C at night during the festivities but no snow is expected there.

Toronto will be just below freezing at -1 and snow is on the way.

In Ottawa and Montreal, it'll only be -3 which isn't too bad and could actually make the snow that's expected enjoyable since you won't be freezing cold!

Moncton and Charlottetown both have snow in the forecast for New Year's Eve and both will be at -3 C when it comes time to celebrate.

Halifax, on the other hand, is right at zero which means it'll be a rain-snow mix instead of just straight snow.

St. John's will be -5 C but no snow is in the forecast.

Ringing in the new year might have to be an indoor activity in Vancouver because rain could seriously dampen the fun.

The city is expected to be the only major city with rain on December 31 and the temperature is supposed to reach 5 C that night.

While New Year's Eve is not expected to be frigidly cold, 2020 will start off with a blast of arctic air for much of Canada.

So enjoy a milder end to the year before the cold air settles in again.


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