Get ready for a cold snap this weekend

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To say that this Spring has been abnormal would be an understatement. Though we lost our snow early this year (the snow pack was gone by March 17) a late Winter storm pushed us back into Winter for early April. Temperatures for the most part have been below normal for May thus far but the coldest temps will take hold this weekend.

And yes, even snow is being mentioned.

The jet stream will ride below the great lakes this weekend, meaning much cooler temps
The jet stream will ride below the great lakes this weekend, meaning much cooler temps

Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing overnight Friday and they don’t rebound all that much during the day. Forecast highs for both Saturday and Sunday will only reach mid single digits (around 6c) that’s about 14 degrees cooler than it should be. To make matters worse, flurries and even a few snow showers mixed with rain are quite possible come Sunday morning.

Don’t worry, no accumulation is expected and warmer air will settle back in for the beginning of next week right into the long holiday weekend, and that’s the good news in this forecast. Temperatures next weekend call for daytime highs in the low 20c range with plenty of sun.

May in Northern Ontario can be very fickle , it can go from hot to cold from dry to wet for long periods of time. The hottest temps reached during the month of May in Sault Ste. Marie can reach close to 30c (the record for this date for example was 27.4c in 2004, while the coldest temp was recorded in 1967 or just -3.9cĀ  We received aboutĀ  1.5cm of snow on this date in 1971.