It’s Only November!!!!

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Two years ago the Sault got an early winter and the snow stayed until April.

Last week we still had grass, this week it’s been replaced with 30 cm of fresh snow, and Winter doesn’t officially arrive for another 5 weeks.

Early winter may seem unusual for this time of year but in fact it’s not. Last year Sault Ste. Marie had similar conditions that kicked off a 6 month winter season in 2013, though the Sault only saw about 5cm fall on this date in 2013.

The most snow ever recorded on this date was in 1986 with 11.8cm and the most snow on the ground for November 13 was 28cm in 1996. The Sault may have broken that record today.

In 2011 it was another story. With no snow on the ground and temperatures still reaching the mid teens. On this date in 2011, the Sault saw heavy to moderate rain showers with a daytime high of 13c The coldest recorded temperature on this date was a chilly -15c. In fact that year the Sault saw it’s first major snowstorm after the new year on January 2, 2012 – it made for the mildest winter in decades with the snow melting by the end of February that year. Last year the white stuff hung around until the end of April.

Meanwhile, the snowsqualls that dumped about 30cm on the Sault in the last 48 hours are moving south of the Sault later today.

Snow squalls off Lake Superior continue to affect extreme southwestern portions of the Sault Ste Marie area, with heavy snow bursts at times. The snow squalls are expected to shift south of the area early this afternoon.

Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably, changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.

Snow squalls off Lake Superior continue to affect extreme southwestern portions of the Sault Ste Marie area, with heavy snow bursts at times. The snow squalls are expected to shift south of the area early this afternoon.

Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably, changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.

Snow Squall Warnings are issued when bands of snow form that produce intense accumulating snow or near zero visibilities.

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