It's been a cold start to March for much of the region, considering it's a time of year when average daytime temperatures generally range around minus 3.
Fortunately, it looks as if that's about to change this week with the forecast on Friday calling for a high of minus 3.
According to the forecast, we could even start off next week with some positive temperatures, though Meteorologist with Environment Canada Terry Lang thinks that could be a bit too optimistic.
"It's going to be hard for us to get really really warm because we still have snow cover," Lang said. "What happens usually in the spring is we find the north warms up faster because they have all those nice trees to absorb the heat, whereas across south because we do have such an extensive snow coverage it's gonna take us a little bit longer to really get into those warmer temperatures, until we start melting the snow."
She said it is possible we'll see the temperatures that are currently being forecast, though it's more likely they will be closer to average temperatures for this time of year. So while warmer temperatures are surely on the way, it's not clear how extreme they will be or how long they will linger.
Meteorologist Terry Lang said the warmth should at least stick with us for about 10 days.
"We can only see about 10 days into the future with any confidence," Lang said. "it looks like it's sticking around, we're not seeing the return of that polar vortex. We can see where the polar vortex in sitting and it doesn't look like it's going to spin back down thankfully, at least into the next 10 days."
In terms of precipitation, Lang said we're expecting nothing significant over the next week or so, though that part of the forecast could be subject to change.
"We're not out of winter yet," Lang said. "We've still got cold temperatures and high windchills ahead of us and still a bit of snow. So don't let your guard down when it comes to your preparedness and your weather awareness."