Are you longing for those wonderful sunny days and warm temperatures? Does it feel like this winter will last forever? Well, we went looking for some answers as to how much longer we must face cold, snow and ice.
Recently Environment Canada issued its Spring forecast and to put it mildly, it sucks if you live east of Alberta. Our national weather forecasters say March and April will be below normal temperatures (normal being 0 to 4c) while BC, which hasn’t winter at all will remain warm and dry.
That’s not to say we will have to put up with winter conditions for that much longer – although after yesterday you wouldn’t think that. But here’s the good news… The 15cm of new snow yesterday appears to be the “last” major winter storm for the area. Yes we will continue to be below normal up until this weekend when the temperatures will rebound to “seasonal” that’s about 1c.
Then the warmth really builds in thanks to the jet stream finally retracting to the north that will allow a warmer flow of air from the west and south to move in.
American weather service, Accuweather.com is forecasting temperatures well above seasonal starting March 9 with rain showers and temperatures around plus 7c! developing by the end of next weekend.
So, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We just have to deal with Old Man Winter for one more week before things start to change.
That said, more snow is in the forecast for the end of the month and early April, but at least it won’t stick around for long.
Looking ahead to mid-April and early May, still below seasonal but gradual warming. Expect to see the snow gone (fingers crossed) by the third week in April. (that’s the call right now)
Whit Charles Finlayson
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