From a Wild Winter to Wild Spring? Spring will be delayed but not denied

The Weather Network’s 2018 Spring Forecast examines conditions across Canada

Oakville, Ontario, February 26, 2018 – The spring equinox is approaching, but winter will not give up easily this year. That is according to The Weather Network’s Spring Forecast which has just been released for the months of March, April and May. March is known for bringing stormy winter weather and the setup for this March looks to be particularly favourable for some wild weather. While the focus of the coldest weather will be across western Canada, winter will still have several parting shots for Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

 “Spring is a temperamental season, with winter clawing to hang on against the building warmth brought by a higher sun angle.  While dramatic swings in weather are a normal part of the season, this spring looks to have a particularly volatile mood,” said Chris Scott, Chief Meteorologist with The Weather Network. “Weather during the early part of spring will leave many Canadians questioning the calendar as winter will maintain a strong grip on much of the country. Spring will not be denied, but consistently milder weather will be later to arrive than many people would probably like.”

Below is a more detailed look at the conditions expected across the country this spring:

Ontario & Quebec – Winter will still have several parting shots following the spring tease many experienced during late February. March will bring periods of colder weather with a higher than typical threat for winter storms. An active storm track is expected across the region, bringing above normal precipitation and stormy weather at times through the spring season. While periods of significant warmth are expected at times, chillier stretches of weather will tend to win out overall.

British Columbia – While spring typically arrives first to Canada near the south coast of B.C., the arrival of consistent spring weather will be delayed this year. Colder than normal temperatures are expected, especially during the first half of the season. The colder temperatures and near normal precipitation will allow for an extended ski season and potentially a delayed start to the wild fire season. However, this region will transition to a warmer and drier than normal pattern late in the spring with a warm and dry summer expected.

The Prairies – Consistent spring weather will be delayed this year as we expect a colder than normal March and early April across the region. The minimal winter snowpack and cooler spring weather pattern reduces the risk of flooding from the spring thaw.  There are indications spring will feature a more active weather pattern across the southern Prairies, bringing some relief from the very dry conditions.

Atlantic CanadaWhile Atlantic Canada has had a relatively mild winter, winter will still have several parting shots for the region including a few Nor’easters. For some places, the biggest snowfall of the year is still yet to come. Back and forth temperature swings should come close to offsetting but with more potential for the warmth to outweigh the periods of colder weather. An active storm track will tap into subtropical moisture at times and bring above normal precipitation to most of the region through the spring season.

Canadians interested in viewing a video from The Weather Network’s team of expert weather forecasters with highlights of the spring forecast from coast to coast can visit

Looking ahead to temperatures for Summer 2018 across North America, near to above seasonal temperatures are expected to dominate the continent. The one region that is least likely to see a hot summer will once again be across Ontario and Quebec, where temperatures closer to normal are forecast.

With the wild swings and stormy conditions in the forecast, Canadians should pay extra close attention to the daily forecast as storms can develop rapidly. Canadians can prepare for changeable weather patterns by visiting or by downloading The Weather Network App and creating an account for personalized and up to the minute forecast information.

 The Weather Network: Spring 2018 Forecast
Temperature Outlook
Precipitation Outlook
British Columbia
Below normal for most of the province; near normal for the south coast and Vancouver Island. Near normal but below normal for northern coastal sections and Haida Gwaii.
Below normal for most of the province Near normal across the province; above normal for southeastern portion of the province.
Below normal for most of the province; near normal for extreme southern and northern sections. Near normal for most of the province; above normal near the international border.
Below normal for most regions; near normal for northernmost sections and along southern border Near normal for most of the province; above normal near the international border
Below normal for most of the province; near normal for areas along the 401 corridor. Above normal with near normal for far northern Ontario.
Near normal for most of the province; below normal for southwestern parts of the province and above normal for northwest parts of the province. Above normal for southern parts of the province, near normal for remainder.
The Maritimes and Newfoundland & Labrador
Near normal Above normal for the Maritimes and southern and eastern Newfoundland. Near normal for western Newfoundland, and Labrador.
Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut
Below normal for southern Yukon; Above normal for northern territories & much of Nunavut; near normal central Yukon and Northwest Territories Near normal for most regions; below normal for southwestern Yukon.

Complete Spring Forecast details, including regional breakdowns, maps and charts are available at

Interview opportunities:
The Weather Network meteorologists are available for interviews from February 26 to 28 to provide regional forecasts and additional information about this year’s Spring Forecast.

To arrange an interview with a meteorologist, please contact:
Madison Francis
High Road

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