Temperature drop, wintry conditions forecast across Canada

Written by  Prerit Chauhan   |  February 23rd 2024 05:04 PM  |  Updated: February 23rd 2024 05:04 PM

Temperature drop, wintry conditions forecast across Canada

Canadians, enjoying an early taste of spring, are bracing for a sudden change in weather, warns weather experts.  Provinces such as Ontario, Quebec, the Prairies, and parts of B.C. are anticipated to face wintry conditions as arctic fronts approach.

After a brief period of mild temperatures, Ontario and Quebec are set for a significant temperature plunge over the weekend, with a drop of 10°C from Saturday afternoon compared to Thursday. The approaching cold front brings the prospect of snow and strong winds, resulting in blowing snow and forecasted wind chills.

Extreme cold warnings are issued for northern Quebec, with wind chills expected to reach -52 on Thursday night, gradually improving through Friday morning.

In Western Canada, temperatures are predicted to fall below freezing across Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba on Saturday. The eastern Prairies can expect temperatures to dip below freezing towards the end of the weekend and early next week.

In Nunavut, areas like Chesterfield Inlet and Arviat are experiencing wind chills of -55 or lower.

British Columbia is gearing up for active weather, with snow and rain anticipated in the south. A snowfall warning is issued for the north coast, with 15 centimeters expected Thursday evening into Friday morning. Air quality advisories are in effect for parts of B.C., citing high concentrations of fine particulate matter.

Atlantic Canada is bracing for freezing rain in Newfoundland and Labrador, particularly on the Avalon Peninsula and St. John's. Residents are cautioned about potential ice buildup and hazardous road conditions. Nova Scotia is on alert for heavy rain on frozen ground, coupled with strong winds, potentially causing localised flooding.

Environment Canada advises residents to stay vigilant, clear storm drains, and take necessary precautions to mitigate the impact of the changing weather conditions.


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