Winter Retreats, But When Will It Surrender?

The Weather Network’s 2021 Spring Forecast examines conditions across Canada.

OAKVILLE, ONMarch 1, 2021 – Spring is in the air across much of Canada. 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 Canadians 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 consistent 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.”

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

Ontario & Quebec– A warmer spring is expected compared to recent springs, and March will bring extended tastes of early spring after a very wintry February. However, this region is 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. Above normal rainfall is expected, but we do not expect more than the typical number of rainy days. While localized spring flooding will still occur, the risk for widespread flooding is lower than normal this spring.

British Columbia – A slower than typical start to the season is expected with cooler than seasonal temperatures, especially during the first half of the season. This will allow for outstanding spring skiing with an above normal snowpack already in place. However, this could also bring a heightened risk for spring flooding when warm weather finally arrives.

The Prairies – March will feature dramatically warmer weather compared to February, but spring will struggle at times, especially across western parts of the region. The well below normal snowpack across the region means a greatly reduced risk for spring flooding. We expect that spring will bring typical amounts of rain and snow, helping to alleviate the increasingly dry conditions, but we are concerned that drought conditions south of the border could become more widespread and impact southern parts of the region by the start of the growing season.

Atlantic Canada – Above normal temperatures will continue to dominate for most of spring, but we still have the typical risk for high impact late winter storms. Near normal to above normal precipitation is expected, but we have a lower than typical risk for widespread spring flooding due to the below normal snowpack across the region.

Northern Canada – Colder than normal spring temperatures are expected for southern Yukon, while warmer than normal temperatures are expected for eastern Nunavut, including Iqaluit. Near normal temperatures are expected across the remainder of the region.

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The Weather Network: Spring 2021 Forecast 


Temperature Outlook

Precipitation Outlook

British Columbia

Below normal

Above normal south; Near
normal north


Below normal; Near normal far

Near Normal; Above normal


Below normal; Near normal south &
far north

Near normal


Below normal; Near normal south &
far north

Near normal


Near normal; Below normal far

Above normal; Near normal far


Near normal; Above normal east

Above normal south; Near
normal central, north, & east

The Maritimes and
Newfoundland and

Above normal

Near normal; Above normal
central and northern Maritimes

Yukon, Northwest
Territories, Nunavut

Below normal southern Yukon;
Above normal eastern Nunavut;
Near normal elsewhere

Near normal

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