Expect mild temperatures, less snow in Quebec this winter
Published Friday, December 4, 2015 2:23PM EST
Last Updated Friday, December 4, 2015 2:36PM EST
It was warmer than normal in Quebec in November and forecasters are predicting a mild winter.
That is a problem for ski hill operators, whose only source of snow is man-made, and that can only be done when the temperature dips below freezing.
Christian Paradis, who works at Saint Sauveur ski hill, said he is not worrying yet about the ski season.
"It's one of our slowest starts since 2010-2011, and that ended up to be a great ski year," he said.
Environment Canada says it is unusual to have not had any significant snowfall in the Montreal region so far, and nothing is anticipated in the weeks to come.
"We're still waiting for winter to arrive, the snow is late, and looking at the forecast for the next two weeks -- that leads us into mid-December -- we're not seeing any big snowfall at this point, so it's not looking good," said Marie-Eve Giguere.
The reason for this year's mild winter is El Nino.
"We've had a warm September, October, November and now we're entering into December and we're continuing into this warm trend" said Giguere.
Like last year, which also started out very mild in December and January before temperatures plunged in Quebec, this winter is expected could do the same.
"What El Nino means is that we're expecting slightly warmer than normal temperatures on average for a season, so that's normal knowing that this is an El Nino year."
Milder temperatures also mean that Quebec should see less precipitation than the norm, and there is a strong chance of having more rain and hail than in a typical winter.