KAWARTHA LAKES-Ontarians got a taste of spring over the weekend. After a winter that was slow to start, and then came on strong for late January and most of February, milder weather has finally returned across much of the country. Many are now wondering if spring is here to stay.
According to The Weather Network’s Spring Forecast for the months of March, April and May, most Canadians will be treated to an early taste of spring but will have to be patient as we wait for consistently 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. Central and Atlantic Canada will see normal and above normal temperatures respectively, but even these regions should still expect some parting shots from winter.”
A warmer spring is expected in Ontario compared to recent springs, and March will bring tastes of early spring after a very wintry February according to the experts at the Weather Network. We are still at risk for parting shots of winter, and a period of colder weather is expected during mid-spring before more consistent warmth sets in, but officials do not expect the colder weather will take over the season as it has during the past few years. We expect that the back and forth temperature swings will come close to offsetting each other across Ontario, except for far northwestern areas near Hudson Bay. Additionally, a warmer than normal spring is expected for much of the eastern United States, which could end up expanding into southern parts of Ontario.
While localized spring flooding could still occur, the risk for widespread flooding is lower than normal this spring due to below normal snowpack across much of the province as we head into spring. Above normal precipitation is expected for much of Ontario, but we do not expect more than the typical number of rainy days.