Farmers’ Almanac Extended Winter 21/22 Forecast for Canada

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Famrers’ Almanac winter 21/22 outlook for Canada. Credit: Farmers’ Almanac

Since 1818, the Farmers’ Almanac has provided long-range weather predictions that help you plan ahead. These forecasts are based on a mathematical and astronomical formula guided by the rules set forth by our founding editor, David Young. This formula has been altered slightly over the years, but it remains the same as it was first created for accurately predicting the weather up to two years in advance.

Grab Your Gloves: Farmers’ Almanac Is Calling For A Frosty Flip-Flop Winter Ahead

What’s in store for the winter of 2021-2022 in Canada? Well, grab your gloves and fetch your fleece—it’s going to be a yo-yo type of winter with notable polar coaster swings in temperatures.

Winter in Canada means snow. But how much? Will the winter enthusiasts jump for joy? Will skiing fans rejoice? According to the Canadian Farmers’ Almanac, snow will fall this winter but at a near-normal, average amount from coast to coast. However, there will be notable month month-to-month flip-flops that may help the snow-lover do the happy dance.

Snow’s The Word

Planning a trip to Whistler? It should be a good year for it! Image courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb’s Facebook.

Winter wetness AND whiteness sum up January 2022’s weather outlook. We’re calling for a stormy month, particularly near and along the Atlantic Seaboard, where there will be many days of rain, snow, and everything in between. Other areas of the country will also see many days of wintry precipitation, including the West Coast, which starts mild and wet but turns stormy and white.

In sharp contrast, February will average a much quieter month in terms of storminess across much of the nation. For example, in Quebec and the Maritimes, we calculate that there will be almost 60% fewer days of measurable precipitation on average compared to January.

But that doesn’t mean that storminess will be completely absent. We’re forecasting a “winter whopper” for parts of Quebec and Ontario for the end of the month.

March will see close out the winter season with close-to-normal precipitation nationwide.

How Cold?

Grab your fleece and stock up on firewood. This winter’s temperatures will require some additional wool to keep the cold away. Overall, we predict temperatures to range from near to somewhat below normal across the Eastern-third of the nation, well below normal over Central Canada, and near normal across Western Canada.

Winter Temperatures: Month-By-Month

January temperatures will average out milder than normal over much of Eastern and Central Canada, particularly during the first half of the month, with a trend toward colder weather toward month’s end.

February, on the other hand, looks very cold, particularly across the Prairies and Rockies. British Columbia won’t be as frigid, but even out there, an unseasonable chill will be evident during the second week and again during the final days of the month.

Find out how cold it will be where you live! Check our zone-by-zone forecast here!

Spring Snows?

In March, most parts of the nation will be anxiously awaiting springlike days, but they will be few and far between. In fact, around the time of the vernal equinox, unseasonably cold temperatures may be gripping many parts of the country.

Our Forecast Accuracy

Traditionally, people who follow our forecasts closely say that their accuracy runs in the neighborhood of 75% to 80%. But, we remind everyone that our predictions are long-range and are meant to give you a good idea of what might come your way in the next year. We also bow to Mother Nature, who loves to throw us a curveball or two (such as winter’s abnormal Arctic Oscillation that we saw in 2019).

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