Spring officially arrived on March 20, but many in Edmonton have been in a spring frame of mind for awhile now. 

Edmonton Winter 3

Edmonton city skyline blurred out by the falling snow from across the river at Gallagher Park. (John Robertson/CBC)

Temperatures had been higher then normal for the entire winter season, the effect of the weather system El Niño on our region.

Edmonton Winter 2

River Valley trails are much more slippery as new snow has quickly turned to ice and slush. (John Robertson/CBC)

With many packing up their snow shovels and thinking about hauling out their barbecues, it was a little disappointing to wake up to snow on Monday. 

Edmonton Winter 1

Plants covered in a fresh layer of snow as the spring season begins. (John Robertson/CBC)