Spring forecast says extended ski season in store for the West

February 15 forecast from AccuWeather Global Weather Center

On Feb. 15, AccuWeather Global Weather Center reported  the cold and stormy weather pattern that has dominated western Canada this winter will continue into the spring, providing excellent conditions for ski resorts across the region.

Meanwhile, wet and cloudy weather will take hold around the Great Lakes and in some of Canada’s largest cities before being replaced by warmer, more spring like conditions.

The active weather pattern that has persisted across western Canada throughout much of the winter will continue to deliver rain and snow to the region into the spring.

“The first half of the spring is expected to remain chilly and wet across British Columbia with additional opportunities for heavy snowfall in the mountains through April,” AccuWeather Canadian Weather Expert Brett Anderson said.

Some of the stronger storms that move into the region could bring heavy rain and strong wind gusts near the coast and meters of snow to the high elevations of the Canadian Rockies.

While these storms may bring major disruptions to travel and daily routines, the snow that falls over the mountains will be beneficial for ski resorts across the region.

“Excellent spring skiing conditions are expected across [western Canada] due to significant snowpack and sustained cold through early spring, “ Anderson said.

Even though the frequency of storms is expected to decrease during the second half of spring, the snowpack built up in the mountains should result in a longer-than-normal ski season.