By Melanie Eksal
Special to OsoyoosToday
Don’t pull out the heavy jackets anytime soon: it’s going to be a mild winter.
With temperatures dropping significantly as the year shifts into fall, South Okanagan residents may have been bitterly reminded of the early, cold, and long winter last year that saw snowfall into the end of March.
“Every week we lose about two degrees,” he said on Wednesday. “But the indications we have right now are pointing to a milder winter.”
El Nino conditions are forming in the Pacific that point towards the mild weather Mr. Carter is predicting, but for long-term forecasts, weather patterns are subject to change.
According to the Weather Network, most Canadians can expect a mild fall with near normal or above normal temperatures. The exception is parts of Nunavut, northern Quebec and Labrador.
The warmest weather is expected from the Maritimes to Southern Ontario and across the far western side of the country — including B.C., parts of Alberta and the Yukon.
In B.C., the “dominant storm track for much of autumn will be across northern B.C., bringing above normal precipitation to that region. Southern areas will be drier than normal during late September and October,” the Weather Network predicts.
“Our only concern is the ski resorts,” Mr. Carter said. “People in B.C. especially want to know how much snow they can expect to see for skiing conditions. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the resorts at lower elevations this year.”
Melanie Eksal is a reporter with the Penticton Herald. OsoyoosToday and the Herald share an informal editorial use agreement.