A Senior Climatologist with Environment Canada says the coming winter will not be as drawn out as the last.
David Phillips says current models are calling for a shorter and milder-than-normal winter.
Unfortunately, the news is not all good.
Because the water temperatures of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay will be slightly warmer, conditions are more favourable for earlier snowfalls.
The warmer water will allow for more air moisture which, when combined with northern cold weather systems, will lead to lake effect snowfalls.
Phillips expects the areas surrounding the two freshwater bodies will see a slight January thaw, with less persistent cold weather than the winter of 2017-18.
Although the news may be welcomed, Phillips says there will still be a number of days involving whiteouts, strong winds, lake-effect flurries, and typical Midwestern Ontario winter weather.