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Snow warning for Greater Victoria and Island

Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada
Environment Canada predicts that this will be the COLDEST WINTER IN MORE THAN A DECADE. Vancouver Island's UNSUALLY COLD weather (in some places 6C below normal) fit into overall predictions for the country. It could make for the coldest temperatures since 1994-95. "What's UNUSUAL about the map is it's showing cold from Vancouver Island to Bonavista. We rarely see winters expressed this consistently, this uniformly. If we take a look at Canada [today] it may be white from coast to coast." If the predictions by Environment Canada prove true, Canadians will have the weather phenomenon known as La Nina to thank. Many parts of the country have already received a lashing of winter weather. Much of Ontario and parts of Quebec were hit by snow and freezing rain this past week. Regina has been chilled to the bone this week by average temperatures of -30 C. Two weeks ago, ski hills in Whistler opened ahead of schedule after more than 80 cm fell during the west coast's first major storm of the season. Mount Washington isn't too far behind. Its scheduled opening Dec. 6., is somewhat earlier than usual. Last time Environment Canada predicted La Nina, in 1998, Mount Washington was deluged with a record 18 metres of snow. The mountain has already recorded colder temperatures than normal, which it believes are courtesy the La Nina phenomenon. "I've been here five years and this is the coldest I've seen it."
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