Mister Ground Hog may have been right after all. Warmer temperatures are in store for the next week to come at least.
"After a very cold February, the temperatures throughout the week look to be on the rise. By next week we could see some positive temperatures and that will put us back to normal for this time of year," explained Blaine Lowry with Environment Canada.
February was one of the coldest that we had experienced in many years.
"There was what we call a 'Blocking Pattern' in meteorology, where the cold air basically got entrenched in the area at the start of February and because of that, that pattern in the upper atmosphere that didn't allow warm air to come back in from the Pacific, it just kinda sat there for the entire month," Lowry continued. " That is basically what led to it and also the fact that it moved in right on February first. It was cold right from day one."
The good news is that it could be the last of the extended cold weather.
"February is kind of climatologically the last month that you can have that really brutal, minus thirty, extended periods of cold. You might get short shots of them into March and April, but it looks like it is going to be on the rise for over the next week anyway," concluded Lowry.