The winter weather isn’t going to leave us anytime soon, well at least for another week. Believe or not, by Sunday, the Sault will have more snow on the ground than we did all winter long.
That is, if the forecast holds true for another dumping from another system hitting the area Sunday. 5 to 10cm is expected then, along with below normal temperatures.
Don’t expect much melting between now and next Thursday as temperatures continue to be below normal for this period. Some warm April sun will do its best to melt our new blanket of snow.
Basically Sault Ste. Marie had an abnormally low snow pack this winter, about 20cm on the ground. It melted fairly quickly. Winter seemed to have left us before the official start to Spring. Then a series of snow storms hit the area at the beginning of April and after we lost that snow, we got hit hard with 15cm Tuesday night and Wednesday.
Things will really start to change by mid April . That’s when a shift to more seasonal weather will happen. Almost like someone turned on a switch. The good news is, the MNR says the Goulais river is free of ice, so no ice jams are expected this year. By mid month the lingering winter type weather will be behind us and temperatures are expected to rebound to double digits on the plus side. A quick melt will leave us with awesome Spring weather heading right into May. The long range forecast calls for May to be quite warm this year heading into what some are saying will be a very hot Summer.
Speaking of heat, the record temperature for this date was set in 1991 at 22c the coldest was a very chilly -17 in 1982. 1972 was a very cold and long winter in Sault Ste. Marie. There was still close to 50cm on the ground in that year.