Back to winter weather tonight — but not for long

After a couple of days of rain and warmth, we will see what will most likely be a final blast of winter by Tuesday night.

Yesterday's high in Montreal was close to 25 degrees. Tuesday night's low is expected to plummet to -8, accompanied by gusty winds and 2 to 4 centimetres of snow, just for good measure.

But the winter weather won't last for long.

Davis Phillips, the senior climatologist at Environment Canada, says normal temperatures will return by the long Easter weekend, and after that, there's an excellent chance that the cold and snow will be winter's last hurrah.

"Our models are looking for mid-April to mid-May as normal, normal conditions," Philips says. "And that's good, because [Montreal has] been colder than normal every month since November."

Beyond that, he says, we're looking at warmer than normal conditions.

"Maybe if that is the case, it'll get our mind off of what it seems was a tough winter, with some April surprises."

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