The first couple of weeks of January are expected to be above seasonal for most of the country. Mild Pacific air will dominate the pattern while arctic air will be bottled up across extreme northwestern Canada and Alaska. However, colder temperatures will make a return next week.
The system tracking across Ontario and Quebec will depart the region on Wednesday, with lake-effect snow easing by the afternoon.
As we start 2020, most of Canada will be quite mild for the time of year. A wet pattern emerges for the B.C. coast and a mild push with rain moves into southern Ontario Friday.
If the pattern change occurs more quickly, then we will have a frigid New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day for parts of central Canada. However, the more likely scenario appears to be that the frigid weather will hold off until after New Year’s Day, allowing most Canadians to ring in the new year in relatively mild conditions.
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NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATIONS
In the GTA, the biggest outdoor festivities will take place at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto or Celebration Square in Mississauga. However, the New Year’s Eve Celebration in Brampton’s Garden Square features plenty of kid-friendly events like a children's dance party.
In Alberta, Edmonton is getting ready to ring in the new year with festivities on Dec. 31 at the Alberta legislature.
In Vancouver, B.C., events are being moved from Coal Harbour to Concord Pacific Place and east False Creek. To accommodate the change, the community celebration, including the fireworks display, is taking a one-year hiatus. Even though the main celebration won't be happening this year, there will be pop-up community celebrations around the city on Dec. 31.