The Weather Network releases Canada’s spring forecast

Mar 1 2021, 2:10 pm

The calendar has flipped to March and the hope for warm spring weather comes with it.

As we bid farewell to the frigid wintery months, The Weather Network has released Canada’s long-term spring forecast as milder weather has finally returned to much of the country.

Here’s hoping springtime is here to stay.

Most Canadians will be treated to an early taste of spring in March, April, and May, says the weather agency, but we’ll have to “be patient as we wait for consistent warm weather.”

“The deep freeze is behind us, but the threat of wintry weather is not over,” said Chris Scott, chief meteorologist with The Weather Network.

“A milder March will be a delightful contrast to the frigid February experienced by many Canadians, but spring will sputter at times, especially across western Canada, where temperatures are expected to tip to the cool side of normal.”

Check out a more detailed look at the conditions expected across the country this spring:

British Columbia

The Weather Network says BC is in for a “slower than typical start to the season,” with cooler than seasonal temperatures expected — especially during the first half of the season. The agency says early spring weather will allow for outstanding spring skiing with an above-normal snowpack already in place. However, this could also bring a heightened risk for spring flooding when warm weather finally arrives.

Ontario & Quebec

A warmer spring compared to recent springs is expected, says The Weather Network, and March will bring “extended tastes of early spring after a very wintry February.”

However, Quebec is still “at risk” for remnants of winter, and a period of colder weather is expected during mid-spring before more consistent warmth sets in. “Above normal rainfall is expected, but we do not expect more than the typical number of rainy days. While localized spring flooding will still occur, the risk for widespread flooding is lower than normal this spring.”

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The Prairies

The weather agency says March will feature dramatically warmer weather compared to February for the Prairies, and spring will “struggle at times,” especially across western parts of the region.

“The well below normal snowpack across the region means a greatly reduced risk for spring flooding,” says the forecast. “We expect that spring will bring typical amounts of rain and snow, helping to alleviate the increasingly dry conditions, but we are concerned that drought conditions south of the border could become more widespread and impact southern parts of the region by the start of the growing season.”

Atlantic Canada 

Above normal temperatures will continue to “dominate for most of the spring,” says The Weather Agency, but Atlantic Canada will have the typical risk for high impact late winter storms. “Near normal to above-normal precipitation is expected, but we have a lower than typical risk for widespread spring flooding due to the below-normal snowpack across the region.”

Northern Canada 

Colder than normal spring temperatures are expected for southern Yukon, while warmer than normal temperatures are expected for eastern Nunavut, including Iqaluit.

Near normal temperatures are expected across the remainder of the region.

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