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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
« Reply #300 on: November 11, 2018, 03:04:10 AM »
Yesterday's November 9 hot and cold spots ...

Hot spot in Northwest Territories: -5.7 °C  21.7 °F Inner Whaleback Rocks

Cold spot in Northwest Territories: -31.4 °C  -24.5 °F Hanbury River

Hot spot in Canada: 11.8 °C  53.2 °F Western Head, NS

Cold spot in Canada: -32.4 °C  -26.3 °F Eureka, NU

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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
« Reply #301 on: November 12, 2018, 03:30:05 AM »
EARLY WINTER | Active Quebec pattern
Rounds of snow fast track Quebec into winter, totals here

Saturday, November 10, 2018, 4:37 PM -    Quebec by no means is a stranger to November snowfall, but the current event ushering the province into the weekend is excessive, even by Quebec standards.

The snow, which began Friday, is due to a merging of two systems, that will also bring strong winds, with additional and several rounds of snow to follow into the long range forecast. More on the hefty totals and the widespread wintry pattern, below.

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:
    Major low pressure system brings widespread snow over Quebec starting Friday
    Strong winds set to blast eastern regions through the weekend with dangerous travel expected in blowing snow
    Active storm track in the long range forecast, eyes on another significant system next week

WEEKEND SNOW
Throughout the weekend two systems will merge together bringing strong winds and heavy snow to parts of Quebec. This is an Alberta clipper that "joins forces" with a major low pressure system stateside that deepens and strengthens as it tracks northward.

The storm began moving in from the southwest on Friday, gradually spreading eastward through Friday night. A handful of snowfall warnings are in effect for some parts of the province, most notably Quebec City.

For areas north of the St. Lawrence, between 10-15 cm of snow is expected with greater amounts up to 25 cm possible over the higher grounds of central and eastern Quebec. This system will be a messy one for many areas, including the city of Montreal, which will see a messy mix of precipitation as the warm front lifts north of the area.

Strong winds are also possible with this system, gusting in the 70-90 km/h range.

This could mean power outages and treacherous road conditions coming to the area with blowing and drifting snow through the weekend. It also raises the risk of storm surge across most of the province's coasts.

As the storm departs late Saturday night, another system is set to track up the U.S. eastern seaboard early to mid next week, potentially bringing more heavy snow on the northwestern side of the system.

"An active storm track is pairing perfectly with some air from Siberia, which will bring temperatures well below seasonal for November," says Weather Network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton. "When you look at the entire province, there's not a single region in Quebec that will be spared from these early season November snows over the next seven to ten days."

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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
« Reply #302 on: November 14, 2018, 03:05:50 AM »
Got snow tires? Winter weather to bring flurries, freezing rain

Slippery conditions expected overnight, with sub-zero temperatures and flurries expected by weekend
CBC News · Posted: Nov 12, 2018 9:44 AM ET | Last Updated: November 12
There will be some snow in the next few days, but nowhere near the record set 50 years ago, on Nov. 12, 1968, when 14.7 centimetres fell. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

Montreal motorists who haven't switched their summer tires for winter treads may regret their procrastination in the coming week, as snow is in the forecast.

The temperature is hovering just above the freezing mark this evening, and skies are cloudy.

There will be snow mixed with rain, beginning as early as 10 p.m., with a risk of freezing rain overnight.

About two centimetres of snow is expected for Montreal.

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Tuesday morning will begin with snow, but by afternoon, the snow will switch to rain. Tuesday's high is 4 C.

Starting Wednesday, Montrealers can expect a couple days of sunny weather, with periods of snow Thursday.

Snow and flurries are back in the forecast for Friday, with a high of  –1 C.

There is a 60 per cent chance of flurries throughout the weekend. Saturday's forecast high is zero, and Sunday's is –3 C.

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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
« Reply #303 on: November 16, 2018, 03:13:51 AM »
Environment Canada issues winter weather travel advisory for Toronto

As mentioned yesterday, Toronto is about to get hit with its first significant snowfall.

Early Thursday morning, Environment Canada issued a weather travel advisory for the City of Toronto, in effect beginning this afternoon.

“Snow associated with a deepening low pressure system moving up along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States will reach Southern Ontario later this afternoon,” states the advisory. “The snow is forecast to continue through tonight into early Friday morning.”

Environment Canada is forecasting a snowfall of 5 to 10 cm is expected across the region, with most of the snow falling tonight.

Poor winter driving conditions are expected, and they warn that untreated roads may become snow covered and slippery.

This snowfall may have major impacts on the commute this evening as well as the commute Friday morning, so drivers should plan for extra time to reach their destination.

This is the largest snowfall event so far this season, according to Environment Canada, and the first significant snowfall for many parts of the Golden Horseshoe.

The snow will become mixed with rain on Friday as temperatures edge above the zero degree mark.

The weather is expected to reach a high of only 1°C all day Thursday.

Flurries are expected through the rest of the week.

Dig out those winter boots, you’ll need them this week.

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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
« Reply #304 on: November 17, 2018, 03:08:29 AM »
Winter weather forecast: What Canadians can expect from coast to coast
By Anthony Farnell    Chief Meteorologist  Global News   

The days are getting darker and colder, and it’s only a matter of time until winter officially arrives. So will Canadians be piled under mountains of snow or enjoying mild winter days? Well, it depends where you are.

After a beautiful summer across the country, fall turned cold quickly and it’s on tap to be one of the coldest in Canada in decades. Canadians have had to deal with early season snow out West and more recently from Ontario through the Maritimes thanks to a quick succession of East Coast storms. The good news is that extremes in October and November are not necessarily a sign of the winter ahead.

Let me explain.
The jet stream is something we watch closely, especially in the winter. As the season changes from fall to winter, the winds in the jet stream increase, which in turn changes the alignment and weather patterns. When the jet is farther north than usual or more zonal (west to east across Canada) then look for warm and wet conditions. When it’s farther south, weaker or more amplified than normal, you look for cold to take hold across parts of the country.

This year a weak El Nino (warm water in the Pacific), the warm blob south of Alaska and blocking over the Arctic (warm air over the pole that displaces the cold south) are all things I’m watching closely. Here’s a detailed look at what to expect across the country.

Atlantic Canada

Warm water off the East Coast and a persistent trough around the Great Lakes favors an active storm track in Atlantic Canada. There will be plenty of cold air feeding in from the northwest to make more of these snow producers versus rain or a mix. Above-normal snowfall is expected thanks to more nor’easters like we’ve seen this fall.

Ontario and Quebec
Winter is off to the races in many areas of the Ontario and Quebec regions with several ski hills recording their earlier opening date in years. While I do expect it to warm up slightly at the end of November and early December, the pattern favours more snow and cold arriving well before the holidays. Can you say WHITE CHRISTMAS? Later this winter, I’m concerned for a similar setup to the cold winters of 2014 and 2015 where the Polar Vortex made an appearance.
Late January or February could turn frigid before a milder March. Big swings also seem to be the new winter normal and that will be the case again this year. Bad news for cities dealing with the never-ending pothole problem.

Prairie provinces
It’s been a weird fall in the prairies, extreme cold and snow in late September and October turned to a milder pattern in late fall. These big swings will continue this winter and the further west you are, the better chance of above normal temperatures. A big ridge will anchor itself off the west coast but often spill into Alberta and Saskatchewan keeping the area milder and dry. A typical winter is expected further east in Manitoba with near normal cold and snow.

B.C.
With the upcoming El Nino, the subtropical jet stream will be stronger than normal and bring needed rain/snow to California. This combined with a warm pool of water south of Alaska will lead to more high pressure and less cold and snow than normal for the mountains of BC. The good news for skiers is that when the ridge occasionally breaks down, the storms may line up bringing heavy snow totals in a short amount of time. In other words, lots of POW!

Yukon, N.W.T. and Nunavut
A cold fall has helped restore sea ice to the region but don’t expect these below normal temperatures to last. Arctic blocking will be on the increase this winter starting near Greenland but spreading west with time. Above normal temperatures and near normal snowfall is expected.

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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
« Reply #305 on: November 18, 2018, 03:17:38 AM »
Snowstorm creates slippery roads for drivers across province

New Brunswick can expect 15 to 25 cm of snow, Environment Canada says
Elizabeth Fraser · CBC News · Posted: Nov 16, 2018 5:57 AM AT | Last Updated: November 16
Slippery road conditions force traffic to back up in Saint John on Friday. (CBC)

Motorists are being advised to drive with caution as a major snowstorm causes slippery roads across the province.

Saint John police asked drivers to stay off the roads "unless it is absolutely necessary" and said some roads have already been closed.

Fredericton drivers were advised to give themselves extra time and extra space between vehicles.

"Just really drive for the conditions that are out there," said Mike Walker, manager of roadway operations in Fredericton.

"It is officially winter, it's time to change those summer driving habits into winter driving habits." 

Walker said city crews have been putting salt on roads since the snow started falling Friday morning, and they will be out until the storm ends during the night.

"Generally, slow down and pay lots of attention," he said.

"The goal is to keep them open for the entire length of the storm and keep them as safe as we can," he said.

Peter Fenety, area manager for MRDC, which manages the Trans-Canada Highway between Moncton and Fredericton, described the afternoon road conditions as a combination of slush and snow.

"It's pretty consistent all the way through the highway," he said.

Fenety said he hasn't noticed any crashes along the highway and that drivers are keeping their speed down.

"We certainly haven't had the snow that we anticipated we would get," he said.

Environment Canada issued a special weather warning for most of the province, forecasting 15 and 25 centimetres of snow, which could mix with ice pellets Friday afternoon.

Strong wind gusts of up to 50 kilometres an hour are also expected throughout the day.

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Jill Maepea, a warning preparedness meteorologist for Environment Canada in Fredericton, said the storm approached the province from the southwest.

She said rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult in some areas and visibility could be reduced in heavy snow.

A special weather statement is also in effect for Edmundston, Madawaska County,  Campbellton, the western half of Restigouche County, Grand Falls, Victoria County, Saint John, Grand Manan and Charlotte County.

Environment Canada said wintry weather is expected in those areas as well, but snowfall amounts should remain under 15 cm.

Several schools did not open Friday because of the storm.

All schools in the Anglophone East, Anglophone North, Anglophone South School Districts, as well as the Francophone South District were closed. Most schools in the Anglophone West School District were also closed, with the exception of schools in Edmundston.

Classes at the New Brunswick Community College in Woodstock and Saint Andrews were also cancelled for the day.

Maepea said temperatures have been below normal over the past few weeks in New Brunswick.

This time of year, she said temperatures range between 4 C and –4 C. But over the next few days, the province can expect to see highs of 0 C and an average low of –8 C.

"This pattern can develop anywhere between November and April, where we just get in a position where we're in a storm track," she said.
Snow forced police to close some streets in Saint John, where drivers were asked to stay off the roads if possible. (Peter Anawati/CBC)

"It often keeps pulling down cold air from the north and we also have this nice warm moist flow from the southwest … it keeps our temperatures below normal."

But she said the cold air should pass relatively soon.

"The tricky part is always determining when it will move out of the area."

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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
« Reply #306 on: November 21, 2018, 03:24:11 AM »
A look at today’s Edmonton weather by Environment Canada.

Tuesday morning temperatures at the Edmonton Blatchford station measure -1.3 C with 5 km/h winds out of the southwest contributing to a -3 windchill.

Well the snow’s almost gone again. And given the next three days show nothing but sunshine and plus-degree temperatures, it’s safe to say the melting will continue. This has created some slick sidewalks and roads out there so do be careful when you’re out and about. Looks like we may get some snow come Friday (70 per cent chance) but that’s about it. I guess boring is good. Look at the forecast — even the folks at Environment Canada don’t have too much to say. So yah, enjoy it.
Today’s forecast

Today: Sunny. High 7 C. UV index 1 or low.
Tonight: Clear. Low 1 C.
Tomorrow: Sunny. High 9 C. UV index 1 or low.
Sunrise: 8:09 a.m
Sunset: 4:31 p.m.On This Day (1996-2017)
Highest temperature: 11.8 C (2005)
Lowest temperature: -25.4 C (2011)

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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
« Reply #307 on: November 22, 2018, 03:25:02 AM »
U.S. WEATHER | Frozen turkey day
Coldest Thanksgiving in 100 years? Blame Canada

Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 5:00 PM -    Lots of Americans will be serving up leftovers for Thanksgiving this Thursday. Leftover Arctic air from us here in Canada, that is. Going cold turkey will have a whole new meaning this year for much of the U.S. Northeast, as the coldest Thanksgiving in 100 years looms on the horizon. For some, it may be the coldest Thanksgiving Day on record.

It's Arctic high pressure sinking down through the Great Lakes and over eastern North America that's set to bring the coldest air of the season (so far) to southern Ontario and Quebec later this week, and unlike holiday travelers, that air won't have to worry about any airport delays or traffic jams on its way. By Thursday, temperatures all the way to the Atlantic will feel more like the heart of winter than late autumn.

It's not just the cold, either -- it's the wind chill. Strong winds from the northwest will add a bite to the air, with bitter wind chills in the minus teens (Celsius) for most (and even colder for spots like the higher terrain of Upstate New York and northern New England).

According to the National Weather Service, New York City has only three Thanksgivings on record (dating back to 1870) when the high temperature didn't top -1ºC. The current coldest Turkey Day in the Big Apple was a bracing 26 Fahrenheit (about -3ºC), and that was back in November 1901. Boston, Philadelphia, and Burlington, Vermont, are also on track to set new records for their coldest Thanksgiving Day.

Those heading out for some early morning shopping will have to hope the hot deals will keep them warm, because the weather certainly isn't going to help. Friday morning temperatures will still be in the minus double-digits for most of the Northeast, with wind chill values in the minus teens near the coast, and colder inland.


Not quite ready to dive headfirst into the heart of winter? There's some good news ahead for the weekend. The Arctic high continues its slow shift to the northeast on Friday, with temperatures moderating on both sides of the border on Saturday and Sunday.

With files from Weather Network meteorologist Jaclyn Whittal.

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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
« Reply #308 on: November 23, 2018, 03:37:27 AM »
ONTARIO | Winter-like chill
Ontario: Record cold air in early deep freeze, big thaw next
RECORD cold blasts Ontario this morning, how long will it last?


Thursday, November 22, 2018, 8:30 AM -    Frigid, February-like cold air has blasted across much of eastern Canada with numerous new records broken across major hubs of southern Ontario before dawn on Thursday. The day will remain frigid, especially for November, before a quick rebound to more civil conditions for the weekend. More on this harsh early winter chill, plus the next soggy system we're watching, below.

BE PREPARED: Stay up-to-date on all the weather warnings in your area

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:
    Coldest air of the season Thursday
    Milder weekend with widespread rain threat
    Next significant system will track across the region early next week, but will be warm enough for primarily rain

HAVEN'T BEEN THIS COLD SINCE FEBRUARY
After days of dicey travel amid heavy and dangerous lake-effect snow squalls and ice build up on roadways, it's now the frigid temperatures that will leave Ontarians grumbling about more early winter weather. The systems from this week have helped to usher in several reinforcing waves of Arctic air down into the province, making for record breaking cold temperatures much more reminiscent of the mid winter time frame.

In Toronto for example, the Thursday morning temperature dropped to -13.1°C, beating out the previous record of -12.4°C set on this date in 1989. Factor in the wind chill, and it was feeling closer to -20 at one point.

"A few northern areas have also had core temperatures dip below -20°C early Thursday," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.

Sault Ste. Marie and North Bay actually broke new MONTHLY temperature records with Thursday's lows.

FIRST EXTREME COLD WEATHER ALERT OF THE SEASON
These frigid temperatures are not only cold enough to send shivers down you're spine, they were cold enough to trigger the first extreme cold weather alerts of the season. The city of Toronto issued the alert early Wednesday ahead of the tumbling temperatures, but then dropped it before 9 a.m on Thursday. The Medical Officer of Health will issue this alert when a temperature of -15°C is forecast.

Meanwhile, Ottawa Public Health issued its first frostbite advisory of the season Wednesday afternoon with a wind chill in the -20s expected and the threat for exposed skin freezing in less than 10 minutes. 

During extreme cold weather conditions, residents are urged to visit vulnerable family, friends and neighbours. Police officials are also warning to be mindful of "warm-up thieves" that may be hanging around residential neighbourhoods.

CROSS-POLAR FLOW
Wondering how and why we're getting blasted with these conditions with roughly a month still left until the official start of winter? You're not alone. There several contributors to the unusually harsh and widespread arrival of winter weather this year.

"When we look back at history we see that years with a developing El Niño, November often features a jet stream pattern that delivers arctic air to much of central and eastern Canada and that is what we are seeing again this year," says Gillham. "However, this year we are also seeing what is called 'cross polar flow.'"

So instead of just having arctic air from northern Canada diving south, we are seeing air from Siberia coming over the top of north pole and plunging south into Canada. This is bringing the coldest air in the northern hemisphere right into Canada.

LOOSEN THAT SCARF, TEMPERATURES DO RECOVER
The good news? The temperature deep-dive doesn't seem here to stay (at least, not yet). Another fall storm is expected to take aim on the Great Lakes and with it comes a push of milder air from the south, and a few days of more moderate temperatures -- possibly even above seasonal.

"But this will be accompanied by a period of widespread rain showers, which will develop from west to east across our region during midday Saturday," Gillham says.

The rain may mix with wet snow to start across the higher terrain of the northern Golden Horseshoe.

By Sunday, the showers will ease with temperatures actually on the warm side of seasonal as well.

"If you plan on putting up Christmas lights this year, you might want to consider taking advantage of the milder temperatures and dry weather on Sunday," Gillham says.

Looking ahead to next week, another significant system is en route, with rain the more likely precipitation type. If temperatures end up colder than currently expected however, we could be looking at a significant wet snow event for parts of the region to start the week.

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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
« Reply #309 on: November 24, 2018, 04:15:12 AM »
YESTERDAY CTVNews.ca Staff (See TODAY below)
Published Thursday, November 22, 2018 2:07PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, November 22, 2018 10:11PM EST

In many parts of Canada, the final month of fall started off feeling a lot more like winter.

At one point early Thursday morning, 11 of Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial capitals were experiencing below-freezing temperatures. The exceptions were St. John’s, N.L. – which just barely snuck above freezing at 0.1 C – and Victoria, where it was a balmy 8 C.

Record-breaking cold was reported in dozens of communities across Eastern Canada, including Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Environment Canada said more than 20 communities in Ontario experienced temperatures Thursday morning colder than they had ever recorded on Nov. 22.
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People take pictures as mist rises from Lake Ontario during a winter cold snap in the area in Kingston, Ont. on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Lars Hagberg)

In Toronto, a temperature of -15.4 C was recorded at Buttonville Municipal Airport, breaking the previous daily record of -14.1 C from 2008.

A much older record was broken in Ottawa, where thermometers at the Canadian Department of Agriculture plunged to -18.7 C – more than four degrees colder than the previous Nov. 22 low, which was set in 1895.

Temperatures below -20 C were recorded in northern communities including Sault Ste. Marie and North Bay, and the temperature fell below -30 C in the northwestern Ontario communities of Geraldton and Williams Lake.

Montreal’s low temperature of -17.7 C -- a far cry from the 4 C that November 22 usually brings -- was more than three degrees colder than the previous record, which had stood since 1972.


TODAY
ONTARIO | Back to seasonal
Ontario: Civil conditions return, eyeing next big snow maker
Ontario: Fall weather returns this weekend before a plunge back into winter

Friday, November 23, 2018, 8:00 AM -    After Thursday's frigid and recording breaking cold weather, more reminiscent of February, feel free to loosen that scarf as temperatures return to seasonal values across southern Ontario this weekend. But with the warmth comes a widespread rain threat through Saturday before a more significant system moves in early next week, which has the potential for a much more wintry feel once again. More on the warm, but soggy weekend system, plus a look at the heavy snow threat for Monday, below.

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:
    Temperatures start to rebound Friday
    Milder weekend with widespread rain threat Saturday
    Snow, freezing rain possible on leading edge of Saturday system through cottage country, Ottawa Valley
    Next significant system will track across the region early next week; should be warm enough to see primarily rain

FIRST SEASONAL CONDITIONS IN NEARLY THREE WEEKS
It was a bitter start to the day on Thursday as wind chills made things feel like the -20s for many. But as we head towards the weekend, that temperature deep-dive doesn't seem to last (at least, not yet). While daytime highs will still be cooler than season on Friday, they'll certainly feel a lot milder than Thursday's February-like chill. Another fall storm is expected to take aim on the Great Lakes and with it comes a push of milder air from the south, and a few days of more moderate temperatures -- possibly even above seasonal.

"Temperatures will finally return to seasonal on Saturday for the first time in two and a half weeks, but this will be accompanied by a period of showers, which will develop from west to east across our region during midday," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.

The rain may mix with wet snow to start across the higher terrain of the northern Golden Horseshoe and north into cottage country. Given that entrenched cold air will have time to settle into the Ottawa Valley as well, there is also a chance for freezing rain along the leading edge of this system as it moves in Saturday afternoon and evening.

By Sunday, the showers will ease with temperatures actually landing just on the warm side of seasonal for many, particularly in southwestern Ontario.

"If you plan on putting up Christmas lights this year, you might want to consider taking advantage of the milder temperatures and dry weather on Sunday," Gillham says.

EYEING THE NEXT SIGNIFICANT SYSTEM: TWO POSSIBLE SCENARIOS WITH TWO VERY DIFFERENT RESULTS
Looking ahead to next week, another significant system will begin edging its way into southwestern Ontario later on Sunday, with rain, again, the more likely precipitation type. If temperatures end up colder than currently expected however, we could be looking at a significant wet snow event for parts of the region to start the week.

"Temperatures will be marginal for rain versus wet snow depending on the exact track of the system, which is still uncertain," warns Gillham. "It is possible that the system tracks further to the south, which would greatly increase our potential a mixture of rain and wet snow across our region."

With a lot of moisture associated with this system, some areas could see as much as 15 cm of wet snow, depending on the track.

By the middle and end of next week, temperatures will wind up a few degrees colder than seasonal once again with more lake-effect snow for the typical regions southeast of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron.

THURSDAY'S RECORD LOWS
Thursday's biting cold came courtesy of an area of Arctic high pressure, which has been easing into Ontario, Quebec, and the northeastern United States for the past few days. Numerous new record low temperatures will be added to the history books as a result, with Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa all among those chalking up new records.

A few northern areas also had CORE temperatures dip below -20°C early Thursday. Sault Ste. Marie actually broke a new monthly temperature record with Thursday's low as well as the earliest date with a temperature below -20°C.

CROSS-POLAR FLOW
Wondering how and why we've been getting blasted with these conditions with a month still left until the official start of winter? You're not alone. There are several contributors to the unusually harsh and widespread arrival of winter weather this year.

"When we look back at history we see that years with a developing El Niño, November often features a jet stream pattern that delivers arctic air to much of central and eastern Canada and that is what we are seeing again this year," says Gillham. "However, this year we are also seeing what is called 'cross polar flow.'"

So instead of just having arctic air from northern Canada diving south, we have also seen air from Siberia coming over the top of north pole and plunging south into Canada. That brought the coldest air in the northern hemisphere right into Canada.

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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
« Reply #310 on: November 26, 2018, 04:18:16 AM »
Environment Canada issues freezing rain warning for southern Quebec
By Annabelle Olivier    Web producer  Global News   

Freezing rain is expected in Montreal.

Montreal and much of southern Quebec are under a freezing rain warning this weekend. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018.

Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for southern Quebec.

The weather agency says rain is expected to begin Saturday evening in the Outaouais and Upper St. Lawrence regions.

The freezing rain is expected to move into Mont-Tremblant Park and Central Quebec overnight, before heading towards the Saint-Maurice Valley and up to La Tuque Sunday morning.

Areas north of the Island of Montreal could see ice buildup between five and 10 millimetres, and can otherwise expect to see between two and five millimetres of freezing rain.

Environment Canada is warning of possible power outages and is reminding people to be cautious during their travels as roads and walkways could become icy and slippery.

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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
« Reply #311 on: November 27, 2018, 03:27:42 AM »
Chris Hadfield's guide to Canada's winter from space

Sunday, November 25, 2018, 2:09 PM -    As winter looms over Canada, Weather Network personality Chris Mei sat down with Commander Chris Hadfield to talk about what the coldest season looks like from outer space. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.


https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/chris-hadfield-international-space-station-canada-winter-from-space/117415

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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
« Reply #312 on: November 28, 2018, 02:59:48 AM »
New Brunswick
Poor weather forces some schools to close across the province

Environment Canada said up to 20 cm of snow is expected in some parts of the province

Expected poor weather conditions have led all schools in the Anglophone West School District to close on Tuesday.

In the Francophone South School District all schools in the Fredericton and Oromocto areas are also closed.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather warning for parts of the province today, as a pair of low pressure systems will bring a mix of snow and rain to the province.

The weather agency said snow and rain are expected to develop this morning then intensify as the day progresses as the first low pressure system will track toward New Brunswick on Tuesday.

Some parts of the province can expect to see between 15 cm and 20 cm of snow, the weather agency said.

"Highest amounts are expected over higher terrain where temperatures will be slightly colder," Environment Canada said.

"Strong winds could produce some blowing snow with reduced [visibility] over northeastern regions tonight."

Environment Canada said southern and eastern coastal regions of the province will see rain or a mix of rain and snow with predominantly snow elsewhere.

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"Strong easterly winds will develop during the day today producing waves which could splash onto exposed eastern coastal roadways this afternoon such as the roadway near Eel River," Environment Canada said.

"Large waves may also affect east facing coastlines of the Acadian Peninsula near high tide."
More bad weather this week

The weather agency said winds will likely diminish but messy weather will continue into Thursday with rain or a mix of snow and rain across the province.

Mixed precipitation is expected to change back to snow for most of the province on Wednesday night with northeasterly winds regaining strength as the next low pressure system moves in from the east.

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"Large waves and heavy pounding surf are likely on Wednesday night and Thursday where northeasterly winds blow onshore from the Gulf of St. Lawrence," Environment Canada said.

"Winds will once again diminish Thursday night."

Environment Canada is advising motorists to adjust their driving with changing road conditions.

"Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow."

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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
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PRAIRIES | Icy Roads
'Pure treachery': Freezing rain wreaks havoc in Alta., Sask.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 12:29 PM -    A swath of freezing rain that fell over parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan led to treacherous driving conditions on Wednesday, with Edmonton police reporting at least 55 collisions between 8 p.m. on Tuesday and 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

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'Uber for snow removal:' New app inspired by Winnipeg's winter weather

WINNIPEG — When the first big snow dump covered Winnipeg this week, the developers of a new phone app put their technology to the test.

"You can think of it as Uber for snow removal," said OnTheStep founder Buhle Mwanza, referring to the ride-hailing app.

Mwanza spent months developing the on-demand snow clearing app, which connects homeowners with shovellers — called steppers — to get their driveways and walkways cleared.

Looking around at snow-covered driveways on Thursday, the University of Manitoba computer science student said he was inspired by Winnipeg's nickname of Winterpeg.

"I was just thinking why not make a problem all of us have to go through as innovative and fun as possible and really embrace that Winterpeg identity?"

Homeowners can download the app for free and set up a profile, including location, size of driveway and how many cars park there. When the snow starts to fall, as it always does in large quantities in Winnipeg, they can request shovelling services from their phone.

Once a price is set, a shovelling notification goes out to all the steppers in the area and one — or a team, depending on the size of the job — will get to work.

Homeowners get notifications of each aspect of the job: when the stepper arrives, when the work is done, and when the money goes through.

The app launched earlier this month, but the city had yet to see much snow. As Environment Canada put out a special weather statement for the incoming winter storm on Wednesday, Mwanza became excited to see if people would want the service and how it would all work.

He went to the first shovel request himself and the homeowner was so excited, they took photos together. But soon after, more and more requests started to come in.

OnTheStep recently partnered with Hire-A-Refugee, a local organization that connects refugees with jobs, but the demand for services was outpacing the supply of shovellers.

So Mwanza, along with the other OnTheStep team members — Tyrel Praymayer, Alex Shao and Tristen Wong — pulled out their shovels and got to work. From the first request Wednesday afternoon until around 3 a.m. Thursday, the group trudged up and down driveways with shovels.

"I feel like snow and Winnipeg is sort of like a bonding experience. We all have to deal with it," said Praymayer, OnTheStep's marketing manager and student at the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba.

"Winnipeg is great inspiration for this app. It's a beautiful way of incorporating Winnipeg into innovation."

Despite a night and morning of shovelling, team members said they are excited by the demand of the first big snowfall.

"Snow definitely has a different identity in our mindsets now," Mwanza said.

Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press

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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
« Reply #315 on: December 04, 2018, 03:21:33 AM »
   Sunday, December 2, 2018, 6:01 PM - A VERY rare sight in southern Ontario for early December:

Severe thunderstorm watches cover much of the southwest of the province, along with a slight chance of a tornado.
Environment Canada issued the watches a little after the 1 p.m. hour, which stretch from communities around the shores and just inland from Lake Erie and the southwest regions of Lake Ontario.
The showers and isolated thunderstorms that are expected to develop along the cold front moving across these regions could bring hail as well as strong wind gusts up to 90 km/h that can toss loose objects, damage buildings, snap branches off trees, overturn large vehicles, and torrential rainfall.

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« Reply #316 on: December 07, 2018, 03:13:02 AM »
Increase in cold weather alerts push capacity at Off the Street shelter
Postal strike, cold snap likely contributors to increase in shelter stays
CBC News · Posted: Dec 05, 2018 2:52 PM ET | Last Updated: December 5

The Off the Street Emergency Shelter saw an increase in the amount of visitors during November's 8 cold weather alerts. (Robin De Angelis/CBC)

It's been a busy November for the Off the Street Shelter in Sudbury, as eight Extreme Cold Weather Alerts were called during the month.

Off the Street is the only place where being intoxicated is no barrier to service.

Cindy Rose, manager of Harm Reduction and Shelter Services with the Canadian Mental Health Association, said the shelter—  temporarily in the basement of a downtown church while their Larch Street renovations are finished— has averaged 32 people a night, which is slightly over capacity.

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One November night saw 60 people use the shelter, she said, a number which prompted the hiring of three security guards this year, an increase from the two employed last year.

"We want to make sure security guards do perimeter checks around the church just to make sure there aren't any individuals sleeping outside or doing any drug use around the area," Rose said.

Raymond Landry, the co-ordinator of the Homelessness Network, said the recent Canada Post strike may have also contributed to the higher than expected number.

"Most people on assistance, whether [Ontario Disability Support Program] or [Ontario Works,] were called into the office to pick up their checks instead of being mailed out," Landry said. "So that may have increased the population in the inner city."

With files from Kate Rutherford

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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
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Ontario: Temperatures trending up through mid-December
Milder days on the way for southern Ontario


Sunday, December 9, 2018, 8:03 PM -    After a stretch of chilly days, even a little bit of a warm-up will be a welcome change for many in southern Ontario, and -- apart from a few flies in the ointment -- that's just what we're looking at for the week ahead. Climbing temperatures and a milder, quieter stretch of weather is on the way for much of the region as Pacific flow eases its way in from the west. Before that, however, we're looking at some lingering snow squalls to start the work-week, and on the horizon beyond, the potential for a wet weekend ahead. We take a look at what to expect, and how we're keeping an eye on your white Christmas potential, below.

EARLY-WEEK SNOW SHOWERS
There's still a bit of a wait ahead before that mild air from the west starts to push the thermometer back into the positive territory, and that means a couple more days of wandering lake-effect snow bands. Flurries and snow showers will drift from the neighbourhood of the Dundalk Highlands with winds from the north early Monday morning toward the eastern shores of Lake Huron and Gerogian Bay into the afternoon, as winds become more westerly.

With shifting, lack-luster bands, accumulations are expected to remain fairly light, with no one area sitting under any given band for a prolonged period. That said, shifting squalls could also mean rapidly changing weather conditions on area roads.

Winds take a more southwesterly track on Tuesday, and in turn shift bands further north along the shores of Huron and Georgian Bay; expect some more significant accumulations across the Bruce Peninsula and north toward Parry Sound with these. It's also possible a morning shot of snow will work its way through the Niagara Peninsula and the GTA, as well as along the 401 corridor between Toronto and Kingston.

After a string of weather on the chilly side of seasonal, milder air pushing in from the west will drive southern Ontario temperatures back into the mid-single digits by the latter half of this week. Not a tremendous warm spell, by any stretch, but a welcome break from the wind chill.

"Pacific, rather than arctic, air will spread across Canada and bring a period of mild weather for the middle of December," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham. "However, this milder weather will be delayed for a few days for southern Ontario as colder air over Quebec will back into our region from the northeast."

While mid-week temperatures take a slight dip, courtesy of that colder air sinking down from Quebec -- albeit under sunny skies -- it's late week that we expect to see a west-southwesterly flow set up over southern Ontario, and that's what will nudge our temperatures several degrees above seasonal across the board.

This milder flow means that the next major system we're watching for southern Ontario looks to stay on the rainy side.

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BRITISH COLUMBIA | Special warning
'Life threatening' avalanches threaten B.C.'s backcountry

DANGER: Special avalanche warning in effect, heavy snow continues this weekend
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Friday, December 14, 2018, 9:06 AM -    Avalanche warnings have been issued for wide swaths of B.C.'s backcountry, after a major dump of snow in parts of the province.

The special public warnings from Avalanche Canada were made Thursday afternoon for the Lizard Range and Flathead, Purcells, Kootenay Boundary, North Rockies, South and North Columbia, Cariboos, Vancouver Island, Sea-to-Sky, South Coast, South Coast inland and northwest Coastal regions.

They come after a series of storms that has brought significant amounts of snow.

Following a drought through late November and early December, the snow is not sticking well to the ground.

"Our main concern is that we are expecting the weather to clear on Saturday," James Floyer, senior avalanche forecaster for Avalanche Canada, said in a news release. "After all this rain in the valleys, backcountry users are going to want to hit the alpine, but that's where the danger is greatest. There's a very weak layer now buried anywhere between 60 and 150 centimetres. Any avalanche triggered on that layer will definitely be life threatening."

Avalanche Canada says anyone accessing higher elevation terrain in the backcountry should be particularly careful, including skiers and snowboarders going out of bounds and snowmobilers riding at or above the treeline.

The warnings will be in effect until the end of Sunday.

This article was originally published on CBC.ca


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