Experts say to expect a warmer than normal spring

Environment Canada’s top weatherman expects a "good chunk" of Canada will be treated to warmer-than-normal conditions this spring.

Senior Climatologist Dave Phillips tells CTV News the latest models show Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes will be the first regions to snap out of wintry weather, noting the rest of the country will not be far behind.

Phillips says this year's winter onslaught was slow to arrive, with temperatures in November besting the warmest on record in western Canada.

Back in December, Phillips rightly predicted a departure from the previous winter’s warmer El Nino-driven conditions, forecasting a return of "classic" Canadian cold.