Let the big melt begin!

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It was just last weekend that Sault Ste. Marie saw its biggest snow event of the season. With winds clocking in at 90 km/h and heavy snow, it left many of us wondering if Winter will stay later than usual being that it didn’t really start until the end of December.

What a difference a week makes. Starting tomorrow, temperatures start to rise above freezing and staying there for the next few weeks. Let the melting begin!

By next week, a strong surge of warm air will push up from the south into the great lakes and even further north. That means our daytime highs could reach the double digits by Tuesday or Wednesday along with some rain showers.  Environment Canada forecasts two weeks of plus temperatures and if that holds true, expect to see the snow on the ground be gone by St. Patrick’s Day.  Typically, the Sault needs to see about ten days of plus temperatures in the 5c to 10c to melt the snowpack, it likely won’t take that long with the below normal amount of snow we currently have.

During a “normal” winter Sault Ste. Marie would still have about 100 cm left on the ground at this time of year, we don’t have anything close to that, maybe 20cm at most.

courtesy Accu-Weather
courtesy Accu-Weather

Now, that doesn’t mean we won’t see the odd flurry or cold day during the month of March. There’s always a battle going on during March where the warmer air continues to rise and the colder air continues to drop from the arctic. Eventually the warm air wins out.  With this constant battle of air masses comes the threat of active weather, it could produce a wintry mix, snow showers and or rain, but for the most part there will be more warmer days than cooler ones moving forward.

April at the moment however looks to start on the cool side as a cooling trend develops at the end of March, but the cooler days will be short lived and double digit temps on the plus side will be realized by mid April.  Fingers crossed this forecast doesn’t change an early Spring will be nice after the past two previous winters.