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Here's what's expected for Ontario's spring weather forecast

Spring will be here before you know it!
Full bloom red tulips in front Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

With more freezing temperatures on the horizon for parts of Ontario, it's safe to say we're all collectively counting down until the arrival of spring.

This year, we will welcome the first day of spring on March 19th, 2024 along with the arrival of the spring equinox. However, the season and the weather may not be on the same page.

The Farmers' Almanac has just unveiled its extended spring weather forecast for 2024, and it's shaping up to be a rollercoaster ride of weather patterns across Canada. As for Ontario, you're going to want to keep those snow shovels and umbrellas within arm's reach because the province is part of what the Almanac dubs a "Polar Coaster Spring."

The annual outlook cautions that "warm weather will take its time arriving in Canada in spring 2024." Brace yourselves for a stormy kick-off to the season, as heavy rain and snow are predicted to sweep across much of the country, leaving Ontario in the thick of it.

For those planning an Easter getaway, the Farmers' Almanac predicts that the transition from March to April might bring a surprise for Ontario: "Ontario may witness a delayed snowstorm coinciding with the Easter holiday." Looks like Mother Nature might have a few tricks up her sleeve during the Easter weekend from Thursday, March 28 through Sunday, March 31.

Farmers' Almanac

Canadian Easter Forecast

Here’s what weather the Farmers’ Almanac is predicting for Canada’s Easter weekend, Thursday, March 28-Sunday, March 31, 2024:

Zone 1

Newfoundland, Labrador

Moderating temperatures in time for Easter Sunday.

Zone 2

Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec

Colder, with a heavy snowstorm bringing a very unsettled Easter.

Zone 3


Another heavy snowstorm, coinciding with the Easter holiday.

Zone 4

Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan

Mixed clouds and sun for Easter holiday.

Zone 5

British Columbia

Slow clearing arrives in time for Easter.

April And May Spring Forecast 2024

As we move from April into May, eastern Canada is in for a mix of showery conditions and continued cool weather. However, here in Ontario, get ready for a weather seesaw, with conditions alternating "from fair and dry to stormy." 

Winter will be hanging on stubbornly through much of April, especially for Quebec and the Maritimes. The Almanac even hints at the possibility of a late-season snowfall over the higher terrains of Quebec, Newfoundland, and Labrador during the third week of April. And as April bids farewell, freezing temperatures may make a surprise appearance in the Prairie Provinces.

As we slide into May, the East should expect persistent showery weather, occasional rumbles of thunder, and an overall cool vibe. Ontario, in particular, is slated to experience a weather mixtape, ranging "from fair and dry to stormy."

The Prairies and even British Columbia won't be left out of the action, with unsettled and showery conditions predicted for the former and cool, cloudy, damp days in store for the latter.