Spring officially arrives on March 20, 2017, at precisely 6:29 a.m. EDT, at least according to astronomy, if not meteorology.
We know what you’re saying, “But wait, what happened to winter?”
We admit that this past winter was a bit baffling. While Alberta got a deluge of snow, and the major ski areas did very well, especially during the month of February, the bitter cold we had forecasted never quite materialized. But we’re thinking that was a good thing for lower fuel bills. We’re are humbled by Mother Nature reminding us that even the best long-range weather predictions, based on a 200-year-old mathematical formula, is no match for her will.
And just when it seemed like spring might actually come early after all, a brisk Alberta Clipper swooped into northern regions of the U.S. and Canada, bringing winter-like temperatures and wind chills in the teens. So since most of us have had enough of the Jekyll-and-Hyde dreariness, we’re setting our sights ahead.
While spring means warmer temps, blooming flowers, and gardening, it’s a season notorious for crazy, unpredictable weather. So what’s in store? Here’s our 2017 overview for Canada:
Zone 1 – Newfoundland and Labrador
In Newfoundland and Labrador, showers arrive for the opening days of spring. And mostly April Showers dominate the month, but there will be a 50-50 mix of rain (and even a thunderstorm) and pleasant spring-like conditions throughout May and early June.
Bottom Line: Slightly above-normal temperatures & precipitation.
Zone 2: Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec
Spring starts off fair and pleasant in the Canadian Maritimes followed by unsettled weather throughout April, although Easter is warm and dry. The merry month of May starts with fair skies but turns stormy mid month, then clears quickly making room for clearing skies for National Patriots’/Victoria Day holiday with spring-like conditions through the end of the month.
Bottom Line: Near-normal spring temperatures & precipitation.
Zone 3 – Ontario
Westward into Ontario, the season opens to the possibility of some snow showers and flurries over the Great Lakes, followed by more stormy weather by month’s end. April is a mix of turbulent/stormy and fair conditions. May starts off pleasant, with a few stormy days, then fair skies for the Victoria Day holiday.
Bottom Line: Average spring temperatures and wet.
Zone 4 – Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan
Spring arrives with mostly fair conditions but turns unsettled over the Rockies by the 23rd. A fair and cold start to April, followed by some heavy thunderstorms and the Rockies and over the Prairies mid-month. Pleasant for Easter Sunday. May starts off on a bit cold, but then a strong disturbance moves in from the West bringing a dose of heavy rain for the Rockies to the Saskatchewan/Manitoba region. Have the umbrellas handy for Victoria Day.
Bottom Line: Normal temperatures, but very wet.
Zone 5 – British Columbia
In British Columbia, spring will open with fair and chilly conditions, turning unsettled. Fair and pleasant conditions through most of April through the Easter holiday, then turning unsettled. May sees changeable skies, with a strong disturbance arriving from the Pacific; bringing windy/wet conditions. Parade goers will see more clouds than Sun on the Victoria Day holiday.
Bottom Line: Warm, average temperatures with normal precipitation.
Looking for the US forecast? See the Spring 2017 Outlook for the United States here.