It was massive. A huge low pressure system that originated in Texas and slowly traveled north towards Ontario left behind death, damage and heartache by spawning dangerous thunderstorms, flooding and tornadoes.
As that same system moved into colder air, it promised to be one major winter storm for Ontario with the bulls eye being Sault Ste. Marie for snowfall amounts. Yesterday the call was 25 to 35cm from this storm. We didn’t get that.
We got about 10cm and maybe a few more centimeters today, but the good news is the storm has now cleared the area, leaving behind some blowing and drifting snow, but clearly the Sault dodged the bullet once again. Environment Canada has expired the Winter Storm Warning at 8:30am Tuesday.
It’s safe to say that this snow will stay and usher in winter, below freezing temperatures are the call for at least the next 30 days, though not as cold as we normally get. No -30c temperatures are forecast for the month of January (though winds will always make the air feel cooler than it actually is)
As for snow, expect to see the accumulation build over the next few weeks with sporadic snow showers.
The “Texas Low” isn’t being so kind east of Sault Ste. Marie, the bulk of the heavy snowfall shifted more easterly last night giving areas like Sudbury big snow of 30 cm or more. The same system produced hours of freezing rain in Southern Ontario mixed with snow, that snow is now turning to rain.
By the way, the most snowfall on this date was 18cm in 1961. The warmest temperature on this date was set in 2003 with 5.4c
The coldest temperature on this date was a bone chilling -31.7c in 1976 and the most snow on the ground on this date was 75cm in 1978.