We are still a couple of weeks away from the official start to spring, but it feels like spring out there already.
Temperatures in Toronto are expected to be in the double digits for Tuesday and Wednesday, and Global News Meteorologist Anthony Farnell anticipates that trend will continue over the next two weeks. “Going out to the 16th of March I don’t see any winter (conditions) returning.” Farnell said.
One of the main reasons behind the anticipation for a mild spring is a lack of ice cover in the Great Lakes. Farnell says there is only 16% ice cover right now, way down from the 80% we saw at this time last year and the 90% we saw in 2014.
“Generally when the Great Lakes are covered in ice, it acts like refrigeration. We do not have that this year.” Farnell added.
As for the long-term spring forecast, Fanell is expecting much of the same, with above seasonal air into the month of May.
“For basically all of Canada – coast to coast, above normal temperatures.”