Mild or Wild? Your 2019 Winter Forecast

Mild or Wild? Your 2019 Winter Forecast

WINTER WEATHER: Mixed bag expected across Canada

Weather forecasters are predicting Britain’s worst winter since 2010-11’s -21.3C ice blast this Christmas.

Up to five weeks of widespread white-outs is set to grind roads, airports and trains to a standstill.

The UK faces 32 DAYS of bad weather with snow and ice over Christmas period – see how youre affected

Northern England and Scotland are said to be bracing for a bumper 24 to 32 days of the snow and ice disruption this winter.

The network said above-normal snowfall is expected across Yukon and into western Northwest Territories. "The rest of the North wont see any major signs of above- or below-normal precipitation," said Scott.

The Weather Network predicts a mixed bag of winter weather for Canada

And even the South faces 10 to 14 days’ snow and ice impacts, with the country’s transport infrastructure all risking shutdowns.

"But we do think the back half of winter has some serious cold to it, and some longevity. Thats going to make people rather weary, unfortunately, by the time we hit February and into March," said Scott.

The teeth-chattering weather is predicted to blast Britain as early as this week, but the freezes will peak after Christmas.

Forecasters blame the bitter outlook on more Arctic chills and fewer mild Atlantic spells affecting Britain this winter.

The network is predicting Western Canada will have warmer than normal temperatures this winter, while the eastern half of the country will experience a long-lasting and colder than normal season.

The Met Office is also backing up the predictions, with its November to January forecast stating: “The highest chance of any cold weather impacts is towards the end of the period.”

Scott said when the network makes seasonal forecasts it looks at the oceans, specifically the Pacific Ocean, which he called the "engine" that drives global weather patterns.

Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at The Weather Company’s Weather Channel arm, added: “The UK is looking at the coldest winter for eight years, since 2010-11.

“Scotland and parts of northern England are expected to see 24 to 32 days of snow and ice cold weather disruption, with the coldest spells in the New Year.

The network is predicting an overall long and cold winter across Canadas two most populous provinces, and Scott said the second half of the season will be especially bitter.

“Snow and ice are expected in both the South and North, so people should be prepared for significant travel disruption on roads, rail and at airports. Travellers should pay attention to weather warnings.

"But if you want snow in the West, this isnt the best winter for that. If you want to get a prolonged winter its really Central and Eastern Canada," he said.

“The jet stream is expected to slacken, lessening the Atlantic’s influence on our weather and allowing cold conditions from the north to become established.”

A woman runs beside Lake Ontario as cold mist rises from the lake during a winter cold snap in Kingston, Ont. on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

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"This year we have El Nino…. That means warmer than normal water off the coast of South America," said Scott, adding that usually portends a milder winter.

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People take picture 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

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