Saskatchewan experienced an extended cold snap in February 2019
Kayle Neis / Saskatoon StarPhoenix
First, the good news: Spring will arrive. The calendar promises that.Now, the bad news: It’s going to be a couple more weeks of colder-than-normal weather, according to The Weather Network’s spring forecast. So don’t put the toque and mitts away quite yet.“It looks like we will have to wait awhile for the good news,” TWN meteorologist Nadine Hinds-Powell said Monday in an interview.“We do expect a flip of the switch towards the end of March … Once spring arrives, it’ll be a noticeable difference. The daily highs will really jump up significantly.”Daytime highs at the beginning of March are usually around the freezing mark, but temperatures across the prairies will likely be warmer than that once the weeks-long cold front disappears. Until then, however, another blast of winter is likely since Saskatchewan sits on the storm track that is the Yellowhead Highway. Storms usually form in Alberta before roaring southeastward through Saskatchewan into Manitoba and the northern U.S. states.“We will still see a few parting shots of winter weather,” Hinds-Powell said.Hearty prairie folk are not alone experiencing an abysmal February. Hinds-Powell said there isn’t a region across North America that was not touched by wintry weather. There was snow last week, for instance, in Tucson, Arizona. Just a couple of hours north of Phoenix, in Flagstaff, three feet of snow fell in one day.Even the centre of the universe, the Greater Toronto Area, has had a rough start to the year weather-wise. On the West Coast, more snow than usual has stayed on the ground due to colder temperatures.“This winter across much of North America has been unusual,” Hinds-Powell said.The spring forecast suggests the southern prairies will receive less precipitation than usual, while average precipitation amounts will fall across the rest of Saskatchewan.Hinds-Powell is reluctant to look further into the future with a summer forecast quite yet.“There is still a lot to be worked out” before making any bold predictions, she said.For the time being, keep plugging the car in every night.