Sault Ste. Marie continues to be lucky in the weather department. For the second time this fall, Sault Ste. Marie dodged the first major blast of Winter. Though parts of Northeastern Ontario and Superior West regions saw substantial snowfall over the weekend not to mention sustained winds of 50 to 70 km/h , that first taste of winter was still hard to fathom especially after near record warmth just 24 hours earlier.
The same system that moved into the area Saturday is now leaving heavy snow in central and eastern Ontario. Places like Kingston seeing 18cm so far and Ottawa is on track to get 15 plus centimetres today.
Expect the chilly temps and winds to stick around for most of the week. Actually, the temperatures are fairly normal for this time of year. You may be surprised to know however that a warm up is in the works for this coming weekend where we could see temps climb back to the plus side. The forecast highs for the weekend coming in at plus 5c. Before then we could see a few more centimeres of snow on Wednesday of this week, it likely won’t stay for long.
That’s not to say Winter isn’t waiting to make a permanent come back. It just may take to the end of December before we see it. The long range forecast taking us to the end of the year calls for a few days of rain or snow with temperatures during the day hovering just above freezing. Overnight temperatures will fall to about an average of -5c during the same period. But the real winter weather doesn’t seem to make an appearance until just around Christmas. Heavy snow and much colder temperatures are expected to move in around the 24th of December and then stay that way.
Unlike last year where the Sault experienced a green Christmas, a very snowy and White Christmas seems to be in the cards for this year.