Not the best news to accompany the start of spring — Environment Canada says Ontario and the rest of Canada will be plagued with more wintery weather for at least two more weeks this April.
The agency has issued several weather warnings for the bulk of southern Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick that include everything from winter storms to powerful winds, heavy rain and snow. The western end of Canada was also given freezing rain alerts, indicating lower-than-usual temperatures to start off the season. See all of the weather warnings here.
The cause of this extended winter is a weather system called a polar vortex, which is currently affecting the midwestern U.S. and other parts of North America. A huge pressure band of Arctic air remains hovering over these areas, preventing warm weather from coming in.
"We’re not going to see our temperatures rise back to normal for at least two weeks. And there are some forecasts suggesting longer than that," said Environment Canada meteorologist Natalie Hasell to CTV News.
Spring-like weather could only start to show by the end of April, according to other forecasts. Looks like it's time to book an spring getaway to the tropics.