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New long-range forecasts of COVID-19 in Canada are here and they look so different for each of the hardest-hit provinces.

New modelling data from the Public Health Agency of Canada that was shared on January 15 includes forecasts that go to the beginning of March for six provinces and the entire country.

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Despite the fact that Ontario will be blessed with beautiful weather this coming weekend, we can expect a series of global weather pattern reversals to bring snowfall and fluctuating temperatures to the province (and soon too).

According to The Weather Network, a pattern reversal occurring next week will bring the coldest weather relative to normal to the Great Lakes, where warmest so far this past month. The resulting conditions will be perfect for the development of lake effect rain and snow in the surrounding areas (i.e., WIndsor, London, Toronto, Sault Ste. Marie, etc) for the last week of October.

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Parts of British Columbia and the Prairies have already gotten an early taste of winter this year, with random periods of snowfall affecting some major city centres. However, the worst is yet to come, as heavy snowfall and extremely cold temperatures have been forecasted for those regions.

According to Accuweather, places in British Columbia such as Vancouver and Victoria can expect significant periods of snowfall throughout the winter season. This sets up a favourable scenario for ski enthusiasts, who are in for a relatively secure ski season that is expected to run until spring of next year.

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Keep your shovels handy - According to Accuweather, slew of major snowstorms are expected to frequent much of eastern Canada’s most populated cities.

Meteorologists predict that such weather pattern will be influenced by La Niña, a positive climate phase associated with colder-than-normal temperatures. This year, weaker conditions in the equatorial Pacific will have significant effects on the upcoming North American winter.

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Good news for people who aren't fans of snow - new monthly forecasts show that Toronto will likely be spared from any intense snowstorms for the rest of the year. This is a rather stark contrast from last year, when the city was hit with significant snowfall as early as mid-November.

According to Accuweather, the first signs of snow in will show in Toronto near the sometime in mid-December. The snowfall is not expected to be heavy and will likely manifest as light flurries at most. Periods of significant snowfall have yet to be forecasted.

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