Ottawa celebrates spring's arrival after snowy winter
Don't let that lingering white stuff fool you — spring has officially sprung
That's vitamin D returning to your body as winter waves goodbye and spring sunshine smiles down on Ottawa — at least until Tuesday.
It's been a winter of wild weather and fluctuating temperatures.
Since Oct. 1, approximately 277 cm of snow has fallen, according to totals recorded at the Ottawa International Airport.
Here we go... so far we've had 277.8 cm<br>25.6 cm March<br>76.9 cm Feb<br>38.6 cm Jan<br>99.8 cm Dec<br>31 cm Nov<br>5.9 cm Oct<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ottnews?src=hash">#Ottnews</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ottweather?src=hash">#ottweather</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OttWx?src=hash">#OttWx</a>—@BlacksWeather
Winter has its perks, and there's still snow on the ground for skiers, snowboarders and cold weather enthusiasts.
But on a day when there's a forecast high of 6 C, there's nothing quite like going out for a lunchtime stroll without your hat.
Or long johns.
Winter may spring briefly back into the picture on Tuesday. There's a chance of flurries and the temperature is expected to fall to –17 C Tuesday night.
In the meantime, here's a how some people in Ottawa welcomed the spring equinox:
A sunny start to the season
Winter holding on like a thin sheet of ice on a thawing river <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/rideauriver?src=hash">#rideauriver</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/firstdayofspring?src=hash">#firstdayofspring</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ottcity?src=hash">#ottcity</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/BlacksWeather">@BlacksWeather</a> <a href="https://t.co/NDYS9iBODa">pic.twitter.com/NDYS9iBODa</a>—@balancingact66
Catching some rays
<a href="https://twitter.com/CBCOntarioToday">@CBCOntarioToday</a> First day of spring: we're able to sit outside, watch the animals + hear the blackbirds <a href="https://twitter.com/AgMuseum">@AgMuseum</a> <a href="https://t.co/Uj3wncsGDy">pic.twitter.com/Uj3wncsGDy</a>—@vsikur
Boating season on the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RideauRiver?src=hash">#RideauRiver</a> in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ottawa?src=hash">#Ottawa</a> is not too far away! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/firstdayofspring?src=hash">#firstdayofspring</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ShareYourWeather?src=hash">#ShareYourWeather</a> <a href="https://t.co/nmnx6c0zRE">pic.twitter.com/nmnx6c0zRE</a>—@kvallevand
Happy Spring - we started our day tapping and learning about maple syrup! This inquiry has potential for a sweet treat at the end! <a href="https://t.co/mQOW0flYJ4">pic.twitter.com/mQOW0flYJ4</a>—@MrsWroeQEPS