It’s mid-February and Canadian cities from coast to coast have gotten a fair share of winter weather.
But, it seems more is in store.
Winter storms pounded regions in Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic Canada and B.C. on Tuesday.
In Ontario, snow, ice pellets and even freezing rain poured down on major cities, including the Greater Toronto Area and Ottawa. Environment Canada said the precipitation will be accompanied by strong easterly winds gusting near 70 km/h.
Global News meteorologist Ross Hull explained that in other parts of Canada, the situation is not much better.
“The worst weather today is on the West Coast and across Eastern Canada, where two separate systems are delivering snow and for some areas a messy mix of precipitation,” he explained.
After a weekend of snowfall in Vancouver, things are expected to remain active during the week.
A snowfall warning is in effect for several B.C. regions — the Fraser Valley, Greater Victoria, inland Vancouver Island, Metro Vancouver, the Southern Gulf Islands, Sunshine Coast, West Vancouver Island and Whistler.
Vancouver will see between 10 to 15 centimetres of snow.
“As for Eastern Canada — heavy snow, ice pellets, freezing rain,” Hull said.
And beyond Tuesday, active weather is going to last.
“Parts of Eastern Ontario, Southwestern Quebec and New Brunswick will get 20 to 40 centimetres of snow by Thursday,” Hull predicted.
Meanwhile, the cold has also been persistent in the Prairies.
Hull explained that it’s not entirely common for the majority of the country to see such active weather at the same time.
“It’s not unheard of but it is uncommon,” he noted.
“Often when one side of the country is experiencing cold and wintry weather, the other side is basking in relative warmth due to the configuration of the jet stream — well in today’s case, there’s enough cold air overtaking the entire country to bring winter weather from coast to coast.”
How long will winter last?
More wintery weather is in store for much of Canada, Hull explained — but it’s not all bad news for those waiting on spring.
“Good news for Western Canada is that temperatures should rebound by early March, bringing milder weather there. Some of that cold will shift east.”
But even that shift won’t result in the extreme cold weather experienced earlier this year in Eastern Canada.
“Below average temperatures will likely stay put for Eastern Canada for at least the first couple of weeks of March,” he said.
“Where that cold meets moisture, there will still be the potential for more storms to form — meaning we’re not done with winter weather just yet!”
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