Much of Canada to see wintry weather in first few days of spring

Canada wintry weather. Image credit: Unsplash/Michael

Official arrival of Spring reportedly brings a blast of wintery weather this week for Canadians due to drop in temperatures and snow blanketing parts of the country.

Snow squall warnings and watches having already been issued by Environment Canada for a large part of Southern Ontario including cities and towns like Barrie, Orillia, Tobermory, Haliburton, Goodrich, Stratford, London, Bracebridge, Huntsville and Parry Sound, some areas could have as much as 35 centimetres of snow accumulate by Thursday afternoon.

Friday and the weekend, major cities like Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal could see large amounts of snowfall followed by a mix of rain and snow for Atlantic Canada.

Southern and central Alberta, including Calgary, Drumheller, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, and both Banff and Jasper National Parks would reportedly be confronted on Tuesday by a cold front bringing heavy snow

While 10 to 15 cm of snow would be expected by most areas, as much as 30 cm could fall in some locations by Friday morning leading to snowfall warnings by Environment Canada .

Atlantic Canada is forecasted to receive rain, snow, and gusty winds for some locations, prompting more Environment Canada warnings.

Damaging winds of up to 100 km/h on Thursday morning and afternoon in parts of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia could be felt, while Newfoundland’s Avalon peninsula is expected to receive 25 to 35 millimetres of rain between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. 

In Quebec, parts of the Gaspe Peninsula could receive 15 to 20 cm of snow on Wednesday.

Central and northern Canada would also see frigid temperatures and will also be frigid,.

 Warmer but rainy conditions are expected in and around Vancouver, where temperatures could reach a high of 12 on Wednesday.