Bitterly cold daytime temperatures and rounds of heavy snowfall will be the new normal thanks to a powerful La Niña and polar vortex.
On the bright side, the early start will bode well for residents looking for a more peaceful January and February, which could bring "an extended thaw" across southern parts of the province. Experts say winter could "take a break at times" during the typically frigid months. Although, that doesn't mean things will be any less messy.
"An active storm track should bring above-normal precipitation totals to the region, including an abundance of snow for ski areas," TWN reports. "However, several systems will bring a messy mix of snow, ice, and even rain at times."
March will bring milder conditions, however, that will likely only represent a false start to spring.
In conclusion, residents should prepare for a "front-loaded winter" and a freezing December. Drivers will want to exercise caution and ensure they've installed their seasonal tires, as travel will be impacted by the incoming rounds of snow, ice and rain pattern.
If you're a new driver looking for tips on how to go about installing your winter tires, you can find that information here.