By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express
Many Oshawa drivers have woken up lately to frost on their windshields. And that can mean only one thing: cold weather is here.
However, according to a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), Oshawa does not need to worry about snow on the ground just yet.
“If we’re going to define winter as the first real snowfall, it looks like we’ll have a little bit of time to get used to the fact that winter is coming,” says Geoff Coulson, a warning preparedness meteorologist with ECCC.
“Temperature wise, it’s going to start feeling more like it should for this time of year, and this is on the heels of the month of October, which came in notably warmer than normal.”
Coulson says the average temperature for last month was 11.8 C, well above the long-term average of 9.5 C.
However, this does not mean it was always a warm October. According to data posted on ECCC’s website, the temperature dipped below zero for the first time this season on Oct. 10, when the mercury hit -0.5 C. The end of October saw further temperature drops, including a low of -3.4 C on Oct. 26.
However, even with more mornings seeing commuters wake up to frosty car windows, Coulson says Oshawa can expect to see a few more weeks without snow on the ground.
“Nothing through mid-November at this point really indicates much in the way of a chance of snow,” he says.
“Even if in the second half of November do we get some, it’s going to have to overcome some pretty warm ground, so it’ll have to take a few snowfalls, a few bouts of colder weather to really make that snow stick. That’s probably more likely to happen in late November or early December.”
As for the upcoming winter season, Coulson says that while the city can expect a colder winter than last year, it will still be milder than average.