Thursday, October 31st 2019, 6:30 am - The Halloween weather is likely to disappoint millions of trick-or-treaters
Halloween is here and unfortunately, for millions of Canadians, Mother Nature does NOT look to cooperate with any outdoor plans. There's an obvious winner for the most favourable trick-or-treat conditions, but for the majority of the country expect a spooky combination of rain, snow and damaging winds.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: WINNER, WINNER!
You can thank a Pacific ridge of high pressure for the unusually dry stretch of weather that will time perfectly for trick-or-treaters Thursday evening. Mainly dry conditions with variable cloud cover is forecast for the majority of the province, but extra layers will be needed under the costumes as temperatures are forecast to remain below seasonal. Evening temperatures are forecast to be in the single digits for the South Coast and interior valleys like the Okanagan.
PRAIRIES: LESS FRIGHTFULLY FRIGID, BUT LAYERS STILL NEEDED
After a frigid start to the week, Halloween will be a welcomed treat for trick-or-treaters as a slight bump in temperatures is forecast for Thursday. While temperatures will still be hovering near the freezing mark, conditions will not be as frigid as the minus single digits experienced Monday and Tuesday. Expect some passing flurries through the evening as a cold front slides across the region Thursday and Friday.
ONTARIO: SECURE THE DECOR, WICKED WINDS ON ROUTE
The forecast will be no treat for many trick-or-treaters in Ontario as a classic fall storm barrels in on Thursday. Accumulating snow, drenching rain and powerful winds are all on the table, making a mess of travel both on the roads and by foot. A swath of snow is forecast for regions within the Nickelbelt and north including Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins and North Bay. Across the south, periods of moderate to heavy rain are forecast for much of Halloween day into the evening so a last minute waterproof adjust to the kid’s costume is highly recommended! While far eastern Ontario may squeeze out a couple double digit temperatures for Halloween, widespread single digits are expected by the evening, so layers are a must. It’s also important to note that winds will steadily increase through Thursday night and into Friday morning so you may want to think about taking down your decorations if you don’t want to lose them to the wicked winds.
QUEBEC: MUCH MORE TRICK THAN TREAT
Temperatures will be your treat as milder air is forecast to surge north leaving the majority in the Eastern Townships and places along the St. Lawrence with temperatures in the mid double digits during prime trick-or-treating hours. However, with the milder air comes widespread rain as a boundary is forecast to be draped across much of the province. As temperatures cool across northern regions, mixing, snow or even some freezing rain may impact your Halloween plan, so it’s important to dress accordingly.
DICEY TRAVEL WITH 20+ CM OF SNOW IN NORTHERN QUEBEC
ATLANTIC CANADA: TIME TO WATERPROOF YOUR COSTUME
It looks like 90 percent of Atlantic Canada will need a waterproof costume this year for Halloween as a slow moving boundary will bring periods of light to moderate rain through the trick-or-treating hours. The lucky little ghouls and goblins of St. John’s and the Avalon in Newfoundland look to escape rain-free for Halloween ahead of the soaking rains. Even though conditions will be soggy, forecast temperatures will be pleasantly mild with temperatures forecast in the mid-teens for much of the Maritimes and double digits across Newfoundland.