Meteorologists forecasting Spring to arrive late in the Peace Region

A map of the forecast temperature trends in Western Canada during Spring 2018. Photo by The Weather Network.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Meteorologists with The Weather Network are forecasting that warmer Spring temperatures will be late to the party in the Peace Region this year, though the region isn’t forecast to see the same amount of precipitation as in 2017.

According to meteorologist Dayna Vettese, temperatures in Northeast B.C. and indeed much of Western Canada will be lower than normal, meaning Fort St. John won’t start to see things thaw out much during March. She said that temperatures will likely be sub-zero for the better part of this month, gradually warming up above the freezing mark into April and May.

A map of the forecast precipitation trends in Western Canada during Spring 2018. Photo by The Weather Network.
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Vettese said that for much of the next month, the Peace should see any precipitation fall as snow, though those snowfall amounts won’t be anything extraordinary. She explained that though Northeast B.C. is in for more snow over the next month, precipitation amounts in most of B.C. will be near-normal.

Fort St. John sees an average of 30 centimetres during the third month of the year, and Vettese said the Energetic City should see close to that amount in 2018. As for later in the Spring, Vettese added that the trend of near-normal precipitation will continue, making it less likely that the region will see a soggy April and May like last year. Vettese did say that the snowpack in the Northern Rockies is substantially higher than in years past, which means flooding from the Spring snowmelt won’t be an impossibility.

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