The weather pattern will undergo another shift across North America late this week, leading to an outbreak of cold weather for most of western Canada. In addition to the turn to colder weather late this week and into next week, the western mountains should see some snow.
The map below shows the progression of the initial strong cold front coming down from the Yukon late this week...
As is usually the case, when the West turns cold and the East turns mild.
Going into next week, the GFS model ensembles below are in good agreement showing widespread cold covering much of western Canada, especially from BC to Alberta, where temperatures from Monday to Wednesday next week could be as much as 8 to 12 C below normal.
With cold air this widespread, there will likely be widespread snow showers, especially in the mountains from the end of this week into early next week, but heavy accumulations are unlikely with the absence of moist, Pacific air. That could change by midweek for BC as there are indications of a stronger Pacific storm system coming inland into the colder air.
The latest indications are that Rafael, which will pass not too far east of Bermuda Tuesday evening, will track far enough southeast of Newfoundland later Wednesday resulting in minimal impact (rough surf) for southeastern Newfoundland.
A stalled out storm in the upper levels of the atmosphere over the Upper Midwest of the U.S. late this week could send a batch of heavier rain up into southern Quebec on Friday, then perhaps the Maritimes by Saturday, though there are major timing issues between the latest computer models.
The AccuWeather.com Canada Winter forecast for 2012-2013
We will be releasing the winter forecast for Canada this Wednesday. I will discuss some of it beforehand on Tuesday in my blog.
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Storm will bring blizzard conditions to parts of New Brunswick and P.E.I. by early Thursday morning.
Intense, quick-moving storm will bring heavy snow and strong winds to the Maritimes later Thursday and Thursday night.