Expect Spring a little late, say forecasters

Spring will arrive a little late and showcase rather volatile weather this year, one of Canada’s most high-profile forecasters predicted Monday.

In its spring outlook, the Weather Network said temperatures across much of the country will skew colder through March and early April before eventually warming up toward the end of the season.

Chief Meteorologist Chris Scott, “Spring tends to be a season where we get a lot of volatility, a lot of ups and downs with our weather, because after all, we’re going from winter to summer. It’s not a straight line. There’s always a bit of a bumpy road to get there.”

British Columbia in particular will have a cooler spring than usual, Scott said.

Moving east to Ontario and Quebec, Scott said that while temperatures rose in February, they’re expected to swing back down over the coming weeks.

“We think that winter has at least one more show to come, maybe even two,” he said. “March looks to be an even stormier month than we often see.”

He said that whether those storms come in the form of snow, ice or rain depends entirely on the day.Atlantic Canada has had a relatively mild winter thus far — but that could change, Scott said.

He said Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, too, can expect nor’easters.