A winter sunset in Victoria (Instagram @robhehr)

We may be heading towards a week of rain, but Victoria can expect a drier and sunnier winter than usual according to a long-range winter forecast.

AccuWeather has just released its winter forecast for Canada, predicting targeted Arctic blasts for the eastern Prairies but drier weather for British Columbia.

See also: Victoria is set to receive 5 straight days of rain this week

BC is also in for a mild winter – a prediction that was corroborated by experts at The Weather Network earlier this year – with central Canada receiving the brunt of the cold weather.

“The main storm track will likely bring bulk of rain and snowfall events to northwestern British Columbia this winter,” said Brett Anderson, AccuWeather’s Canadian Weather Expert, in a statement.

Across BC, weather patterns are expected to favour lower levels of snowfall which could signal a late spring and droughts in the summer.

Meanwhile, places like Victoria, Vancouver, Kamloops, and Prince George are predicted to experience particularly drier and sunnier weather than usual this winter.

(AccuWeather)
(AccuWeather)
(AccuWeather)