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Brace for a cold, snowy winter, weather forecaster warns by Graeme Wood
Thursday, September 23rd 2010, 9:38 AM GMT
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First, Metro Vancouverites endured a soggy September with what may turn out to be record rainfall. Now, says the Old Farmers' Almanac, it's time to brace for a cold winter and a lot of snow.

The almanac and meteorologists agree that after a cool, wet first day of fall today and in the coming weeks, southern B.C. will get below-average temperatures and above-average snowfall in late fall and winter. The snow tires, shovels, snowboards, and skis that barely made it out of the closet last winter should be put to good use in the coming season, meteorologist Mark Madryga said.

"The bet is that we will have more snow in the city this year," Madryga said. Vancouver will also see several periods of Arctic outflow winds this winter, he said. That means that instead of mild Pacific air moving through the region from west to east, frigid Arctic air will flow from east to west, from the B.C. Interior down the big river valleys to coastal communities.

The almanac says the coldest weather is expected from mid-to late December to mid-February. The temperature across the region in December is expected to be two degrees Celsius below average. The most snow is expected to fall in late December and late February. The chilly forecast is due to the La Nina weather pattern.

"La Nina is with us," Madryga said. "That is opposite to the El Nino we had last winter, with essentially no snow for the Olympics . . . .

"The consensus is that it will be a bit colder than average this fall and winter."

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