The Old Farmer’s Almanac releases forecast for winter

It’s going to be a yo-yo type of winter with notable polar coaster swings in temperatures

by Kyle Born

The Old Farmer’s Almanac weather map of Canada for winter 2021-2022.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac weather map of Canada for winter 2021-2022. Image courtesy The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Every sledder’s favourite crystal ball has spoken. Yes, The 2022 Old Farmer’s Almanac Canadian Edition has been released and it looks as though we’ll see a frosty flip-flop winter.

According to the Canadian Farmers’ Almanac, snow will fall this winter at a near-normal, average amount from coast to coast. However, there will be notable month-to-month flip-flops. Overall, the Almanac is predicting temperatures to range from well below normal over Central Canada and near normal across Western Canada.

Here’s a breakdown of each winter month:

Winter wetness and whiteness sum up January 2022’s weather outlook. It could be a stormy month. The West Coast will see many days of wintry precipitation, which starts out mild and wet but turns stormy and white. January temperatures will average out milder than normal over much of Central Canada, particularly during the first half of the month with a trend toward colder weather toward month’s end.

February will average out to be a much quieter month in terms of storminess across much of the nation. As far as temperatures go, February looks very cold, particularly across the Prairies and Rockies. British Columbia won’t be as frigid, but even then, an unseasonable chill will be evident during the second week and again during the final days of the month.

March will close out the winter season with close-to-normal precipitation nationwide. In March, springlike days will be few and far between. Around the time of the vernal equinox, unseasonably cold temperatures may be gripping many parts of the country.

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