The Environment Canada forecast is grey and cool for the week but things are looking up for the weekend — so far.

This lousy weather is actually fairly normal

March and April usually Red Deer’s snowiest months

Spring — everyone is ready for it, so what’s the delay?

Wet, cool and windy weather for much of April in Central Alberta has golfers, tanners, cyclists, walkers, gardeners, skateboarders, dog walkers — actually anyone who likes the outdoors — anxiously waiting for some extended decent weather.

And of course, the weather watch and preparations for May long weekend now less than a month away is underway, with holiday trailers popping up on driveways and streets like perennials.

The truth is, March and April are normally the months with the most snow in Red Deer, Environment Canada meteorologist Kirk Torneby said Monday.

Both months are tied for the most number of occurrences of 10 cm of snow in a single day. “They are the snowiest months of the year,” he said.

Despite the grey skies and snow-rain-snow pattern, the spring weather is not all that much out of the ordinary. Red Deer has been a little bit colder than normal, but not a lot, Torneby said.

The mean temperature in March was -5C, and the 30-year normal is -3.7C. March 2017 was the 48th coldest on record.

As for April so far, up to Sunday, the mean temperature was 3.1C and the normal is 4.3C, making it the 40th coldest on record. May will hopefully see things improve as the temperature starts to pick up quite a bit, with the average being 9.7C.

Precipitation for March was 19.6 mm of water equivalent (rain and/or snow). The normal is 19 mm. It’s the 37th wettest March on record.

For the past 30 days or so it’s actually been fairly dry in southeast Alberta and east of Hwy 2, Torneby said. Red Deer is in the middle of this and seeing near-normal precipitation. For April, normal precipitation is 24.8 mm.

As for the May long weekend, it’s too early to say but “I think we all know what happens,” Torneby said, referring to the first big camping weekend of the season often involving snowfall in Alberta.

The seasonal outlook has been waffling a little bit, but showing a more near-normal temperature pattern for most of the Prairies for the next three months, he said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta doctors getting ready for court fight against new pay, benefits deal

EDMONTON — The head of the Alberta Medical Association says it’s preparing… Continue reading

Eyes on police after Trudeau orders blockades torn down, injunctions enforced

All eyes are on Canadian police forces now that Prime Minister Justin… Continue reading

Ontario Tories hold annual policy convention amid union protests

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Labour activists plan to hold a demonstration outside… Continue reading

SARS lessons help Canada prep for COVID-19, but hospital capacity a worry

OTTAWA — Canadian medical experts say the country’s already overstretched emergency rooms… Continue reading

Teachers condemn government’s actions towards doctors

“That they should be treated with such contempt is deeply disturbing”

Fashion Fridays: The 8 best quality online stores! Shop the ultimate sales

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Your community calendar

Feb. 19 A Liberation of Holland event is being held at the… Continue reading

Saskatchewan’s chief coroner warns public after fatal drug overdoses in Regina

REGINA — Two deaths and dozens of drug overdoses in Regina have… Continue reading

A champion, again: Humphries wins 3rd women’s bobsled title

Kaillie Humphries of the U.S. is a bobsled champion again, winning her… Continue reading

Canada’s Kingsbury finishes first in moguls for 62nd World Cup victory

TAZAWAKO, Japan — Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury earned his 62nd World Cup victory… Continue reading

Cruise-ship evacuees arrive for quarantine in Canada as first Wuhan evacuees let go

OTTAWA — A plane carrying 129 Canadians and their families who have… Continue reading

Trudeau says rail blockades have to end

TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday indigenous barricades that are… Continue reading

HIV-themed ‘Friends’ edit pulled after copyright claim from Warner Bros.

TORONTO — A Toronto-based HIV-AIDS hospital has pulled an edited “Friends” episode… Continue reading

Spurgeon records hat trick to lead Wild to 5-3 victory over Oilers

Wild 5 Oilers 3 EDMONTON — Jared Spurgeon scored three goals as… Continue reading

Most Read