With Mother's Day about to start, what does Canada's weather have in store?
Taking a look across the country, one thing that most of the country will have in common will be temperatures on the cooler side of spring. In fact, for most places east of the Rockies, it'll be feeling more like April (only parts of the Far North territories will be at or above seasonal).
As for the skies, not everyone can expect a rain-free day. Read on for more.
PRAIRIE SHOWERS LINGER INTO MOTHER'S DAY
Far from being a rainy spring for the Prairies, the region has so far had the opposite problem: Long-lasting drought conditions that have left most places well below their seasonal norms.
Though farmers will be happy with this weekend, the timing isn't the greatest for Mother's Day. A system that crossed the Rockies Friday looks to spread some showers across the region, continuing through Saturday, lingering into Sunday for some areas.
Rain, and even wet snow, are likely across southern Alberta, where some places could even wake up to a white Mother's Day after a coating of wet snow Saturday night. The wet snow should remain west of the Calgary area, however.
"But the best weather for Mother’s Day will be from northern Alberta to central and southern and central Saskatchewan including Fort McMurray, Saskatoon, and Regina with temperatures in the mid-teens and even into the upper teens for the Fort McMurray area, which will likely be the warmest weather across Canada," says Dr. Doug Gillham, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
Across the Rockies, much of B.C. will see its own burst of showers Saturday, but with some drying out by Sunday morning. Temperatures, though on the cooler side, will be less below seasonal than elsewhere in Canada.
ONTARIO AND EASTWARDS: BELOW SEASONAL, WITH RAIN FOR ATLANTIC CANADA
A below-seasonal weekend beckons for Ontario and Quebec, and not completely devoid of showers. A few scattered showers look to move through parts of the province Saturday, heaviest in eastern Ontario.
As for Mother's Day itself, we're keeping a close watch on a system set to pass through Ohio. A shift in its track could mean some rain for the southwest and Niagara region, but in any case, its presence nearby will make for a cloudier Sunday than some would like.
In Atlantic Canada, the region happens to be midway through a stormy pattern at the moment, with the second of two systems set to hit the region Saturday, with effects lasting through Sunday.
People in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland will definitely miss out on the sunshine, at least for part of the day. Rain will still be ongoing in those parts of the Atlantic region Sunday morning. Across the Gulf, rain will reach Newfoundland Saturday evening, with unsettled conditions persisting there through Sunday, even hanging on into early next with wraparound showers for the western coast.
We'll be monitoring the forecast in the lead up to Mother's Day. Check back for updates as it approaches.