By Anthony Farnell
Winter’s bark was worse than its bite for most of the country, and now, with days getting longer and normal temperatures quickly rising, we can look ahead to all the joys that spring brings in Canada.
A battle will set up through April with leftover Arctic air making frequent appearances, especially in the Prairies. An active storm track from the Great Lakes to Atlantic Canada will keep it wet especially in April.
We have not seen the last of the snow just about everywhere east of Victoria and Vancouver but when it does fall, don’t expect it to stick around for long.
The leftover April chill will be replaced by a warmer-than-normal pattern for most of the country later in May and early June.
A cooler-than-normal April is expected across most of Ontario and Quebec, which is a big deviation from the past few months.
The chill won’t last with a return to above seasonal air in May. The turn to mild air will be enough to offset the cool start to spring, which is why above-normal temperatures are forecast for southern Ontario and Quebec.
Much like last spring, an active storm track will lead to above-normal rainfall in areas that really don’t need it.
The Great Lakes are already running near record-high water levels, and a wet spring would mean another round of serious flooding for lakeshore communities.
This could also impact cities further downstream like Montreal as all that excess water flows down the St. Lawrence River.