"Winter is not over": Mixed bag of weather for Canada leading into March


We’re at the tail end of winter, but the snow and cold conditions are hanging on to most of the country.

The storm that walloped Alberta last night is continuing today and may result in 10 to 20 cm of snow across the southwestern part of the province, including the Calgary area, said Brett Anderson, a senior meteorologist with AccuWeather.

“Very cold air coming in with that system as well so it’s going to be very cold through the southwest part of the prairie region,” said Anderson.

After that system finishes with the Prairies, it’s going to move into southwestern Ontario, perhaps tonight but likely by tomorrow morning.

“At this point, it’s not a big storm but it will be probably enough to produce perhaps 4-10 cm of snow across extreme southwestern Ontario,” said Anderson.

As for Toronto, the downtown area will see a bit less snow.

“Toronto area might be more like 2 to 5 cm of snow – so enough to certainly cause some travel issues across the region, but not a major storm by any means,” explained Anderson.

Another system later in the weekend has a chance to bring snow to southern and eastern Ontario up into southern Quebec very late Saturday night into Sunday.

“It doesn’t not look like a major storm but there may be some accumulation of snow through that time, perhaps even some mixed precipitation,” said Anderson. “There will be slippery travel conditions through the Windsor, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal corridor.”

The storm that hit Toronto yesterday is currently on its way to New Brunswick – they’re going to see 15 to 30 cm of snow today and then possibly some light snow on Saturday.

As for the west coast, B.C. has had some rain along the coast, but the pattern is going to be drying out through the weekend into next week deflecting most of the storms around Vancouver and Victoria.

And going into next week, other than Alberta and Saskatchewan, nowhere is going to be terribly cold in Canada for the first half of the week.

Around the 16th and 17th of February, Eastern Canada may see another cold blast of air .

“The last week of February into the first week of March could get interesting in eastern Atlantic Canada,” said Anderson.  “Winter is not over for eastern and Atlantic Canada – at least not yet.”