People in Atlantic Canada hoping for an early end to winter shouldn’t put their shovels away just yet.
While the season has been fairly mild, several parting blows are likely, including some Nor’easters, according to The Weather Network, which released its spring forecast for the months of March, April and May on Monday, Feb. 26.
In fact, for some places, the biggest snowfall of the year could still be yet to come.
Back and forth temperature swings should come close to offsetting, according to the spring forecast, 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.
Southern and eastern Newfoundland will be above normal, the forecast predicts, while western Newfoundland and Labrador with be near normal.
"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," Chris Scott, chief meteorologist with The Weather Network, said in a news release.
"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."
Looking forward to this summer, the network says near to above seasonal temperatures are expected across North America.