Snow much fun expected in Eastern Canada

Much of Western Canada has already seen significant snowfall this season, but if you’re still waiting for a blanket of snow in your backyard, you might be in luck this weekend.

According to AccuWeather, lake-effect snow could pile up Friday and into the weekend.

“Not a lot but certainly maybe a small accumulation of snow in the snow belt off of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay,” Brett Anderson, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather told Yahoo Canada News.

Doug Gillham, meteorologist with The Weather Network, said the Prairies can expect “mid-December-like cold,” with “early-December-like cold” in the Great Lakes region this weekend.

“For the 401 corridor, the Friday system will likely get mixed precipitation,” Gillham said. “Into central and northern Ontario this will be significant snow.”

Most of the snowfall is expected to occur around Ontario and Quebec, while the Maritimes will likely see rain. There could be more snow accumulation in northern New Brunswick and Labrador.

As we move out of the weekend, forecasters are expecting another storm to make an appearance around Tuesday next week, bringing temperatures 5 to 10 C below normal from the Prairies into the East, according to AccuWeather.

“Next week is going to be windy and cold, even if it doesn’t snow much…it’s certainly going to feel the coldest so far this season, without a doubt,” Anderson said. “It’s going to be very cold from Manitoba through Ontario into Quebec. Eventually it will get into the Maritimes as well in the middle of next week.”

Winter traffic at Bayview and Sheppard in Toronto on February 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Dominic Chan

This significant system will develop over southeastern U.S. and is expected to track between the Appalachian Mountains and into Atlantic Canada. According to Gillham, the backside of that system will be cold enough for some mixed precipitation, but the specific storm track will be critical to nail down who sees “a significant wintery impact.”

But Gillham says that as things start to cool down in the East next week, we’re going to see milder air heading into B.C. pushing into Alberta.

“There will still be some back and fourth fighting of air masses,” Gillham said.

So depending on where in live in Canada, it might be a good time to get out that winter coat and snow boots.