© Star photo by Diane Crocker
Lee Penney makes his way along the Corner Brook Stream Trail on a cold Wednesday afternoon.
With temperatures in the negative double digits over the past few days, including windchills of up to -30, it certainly doesn’t look like winter will be over any time soon.
But don’t despair because Dayna Vettese said winter is not going to last forever and spring will come — just not for another month or so yet.
Vettese is a meteorologist with the The Weather Network. The network released its spring outlook earlier this week.
“Basically, it does look like the next few weeks are going to remain on the cold side,” said Vettese.
She said that pretty much goes for every Canadian east of the Alberta-Saskatchewan border.
“We’re all in the same terrible boat,” said Vettese.
“It has been one of the coldest winters on record for many Canadians in 30 to 50 years,” she said. “So, it certainly has been one for the record books.”
Vettese did add though that the cold snap that has hit the province in the past week is kind of late coming compared to recent years.
Two years ago in March she noted there were temperatures in the 20s. “That was unheard of. So, that was quite a rare anomaly to occur.”
Last year, she said, March was cool but nothing unexpected.
However, this year the cold trend has been a little harsher and is expected to continue for a few weeks yet.
“We are expecting that east coast storm track that has been so active this winter, we expect it to continue to be active through the spring months.”
Vettese said that means people can expect to see a couple more snowfalls around the Corner Brook area before a transition into rainfall in April and May.
She said it’s during April and May that people can expect to see spring finally bloom.
“We will continue our rotation around the sun, we’ll tilt towards our summer angle, we’ll get more sunshine and we will get warmer,” she said. “It’s just more delayed than we’ve experienced in the last few years.”
In terms of temperatures, she said daytime highs of between five and 10 can be expected once spring hits.
But Vettese expects it will be a messy spring due to the amount of snow that there is to melt. “A lot of that snow has a very high water content, so we will be dealing with a lot of soggy conditions.”