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Is spring really right around the corner?

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By Dr. Doug Gillham
Meteorologist, PhD
Friday, February 28, 2014, 11:56 AM

Wondering how the spring season will shape up? Be sure to tune into The Weather Network on TV on Monday, March 3 at 9 pm ET as we release the 2014 Spring Outlook

February 2014 will long be remembered for the wealth of wintry weather that brought to much of Canada. 

The first half of the month and the final week of the month featured a coast to coast cold pattern as several Siberian air masses resulted in numerous record lows from British Columbia to Newfoundland.

RELATED: Has it really been THAT cold in southern Ontario?

The map below highlights the regions in North America that have been colder than average through February 26th. The regions colored in blue, green and violet have experienced below seasonal temperatures for the month, while the orange shaded areas such as in the Arctic have been warmer than their average temperatures for February.

For those who are hoping for an early spring, unfortunately the news is not good for most of Canada.

For the first week of March we will remain in a pattern very similar to what we have experienced several times this winter with air masses that originated in Siberia crossing over the North Pole and tracking directly into central Canada.

The map below shows forecast temperatures relative to what location would typically see during the first week of March.

Areas shaded in various shades of purple and violet (from Alberta to Ontario) will see temperatures 11 to 18 degrees C colder than their average temperatures for the first week of March with numerous record lows likely. To the west and east of this region, temperatures will also be below to well seasonal.

WHEN WILL SPRING ARRIVE? Tune into The Weather Network on TV on Monday, March 3 at 9 pm ET as we release the 2014 Spring Outlook

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