It’s stating the very obvious to say that’s it’s been cold in Mississauga the last couple of months.  2017 ended with the coldest air in Mississauga and Brampton, according to Environment Canada, shortening or cancelling outdoor New Year’s celebrations.

“New Year’s Eve revellers are cautioned that wind chill values will be near minus 30 late Sunday evening as we ring in 2018,” Environment Canada warned.  And while Christmas Eve and Christmas Day looked picture-perfect with houses and trees covered with snow, those who had to drive to and fro or shovel their driveways may not have had the same appreciation!

Now, the question is, how long is this Arctic weather going to continue?

For answers we turned to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.  It claims to base its forecasts on a “secret formula” – which probably means some science and some historical methods.

Winter temperatures will be above normal, with the coldest periods in mid-November, early and late December, early January, and early and mid-February. Precipitation and snowfall will be above normal in the east and below normal in the west, with the snowiest periods in late November, mid- and late December, and early to mid-March. April and May will be a bit cooler than normal, with near-normal precipitation.

Here are Almanac’s more specific predictions for Southern Ontario in January and February 2018.

Dates Weather Conditions
Jan 1-5 Sunny, cold
Jan 6-12 Flurries, then sunny, turning quite mild
Jan 13-21 Periods of rain and snow, mild
Jan 22-25 Snow showers, cold
Jan 26-31 Rainy periods east, flurries west; mild
January temperature -5°C (4° above avg.)
precipitation 20mm (20mm below avg.)

 

Feb 1-5 Snow showers, cold
Feb 6-11 Flurries; mild, then cold
Feb 12-22 Snow showers; mild, then cold
Feb 23-28 Showers, mild
February temperature -9°C (1° below avg.)
precipitation 25mm (20mm below avg.)

 

The Old Farmer’s Almanac publishers assert around 80 per cent accuracy, but has never actually printed evidence backing their claim.  Despite this, the Almanac has become a closely watched predictor of weather, particularly winter weather.  Still, as with any claims that are not scientifically and publicly verified, we should probably take Almanac’s predictions with a grain of (driveway) salt!