Canada’s top weatherman says this country’s groundhogs got it wrong — and now, as spring arrives, he’s forecasting six more weeks of winter weather.

After a tough winter that plunged many parts of Ontario and Canada under mounds of snow, spring is officially starting today.


But Environment Canada senior climatologist Dave Phillips says don’t put away those snow shovels just yet.

"The first day of spring is one thing, but the first spring day is another," said Phillips.

Back in February, Ontario’s Wiarton Willie, Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam and stuffed mascot Balzac Billy in Alberta all predicted an early spring

Phillips said February and March have been the two most miserable months this winter.

The first weekend of spring in parts of Ontario and Quebec will feel anything but springlike, with temperatures that will be 13 degrees colder than normal for this time of year.

A year ago, he said the temperatures were more like plus 12 and plus 15 in southern Ontario and southern Quebec.


  • Phillips said Toronto could still set records for snowfall.