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Spring is here but Mother Nature ignoring calendar

Last Updated Mar 21, 2016 at 8:59 am EST

Spring arrived over the weekend, but the remnants of winter are still lingering around.

Chilly temperatures greeted elementary and high school students heading back to class after March Break. And before the first official week of spring is over, the GTA could get some significant snow.

There is a chance of flurries or showers on Monday with a high near 4 C. The low Monday night will be a chilly -2 C. Showers are expected to continue on Tuesday but the temperature will be a warmer 8 C.

680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said things could get really interesting Wednesday night and into Thursday morning.

“At this point, the confidence is pretty high with this second system moving through, this Colorado low, that could bring us 10-plus centimetres of snow as we head through Thursday,” Taylor said.

Snow is also a possibility in April, she said. So, don’t put away your winter boots once March is done.

“This time of year [is] very transitional. Winter is battling it out with spring. Winter doesn’t want to leave us, so it’s not out of the ordinary to have accumulating snow at this time of year.”

As for right now, Thursday is expected to be a windy day with periods of snow and a high near 1 C.

The Easter weekend forecast doesn’t look too bad. It will be mainly cloudy on Good Friday with a high hear 2 C. Partly cloudy conditions continue on Saturday and Easter Sunday with highs near 4-7 C.

Mother Nature seems to be ignoring the calendar across Eastern Canada too.

The Maritimes are bracing for another blast of winter, with Environment Canada warning that parts of New Brunswick, northern Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island can expect up 20 centimetres of snow Monday.

The storm system will head to Newfoundland Monday night with a mix of snow, rain, ice pellets and freezing rain, along with winds gusting up to 100 kilometres an hour.

With files from Jaime Pulfer