Local photographer, Paul Conway may have stumbled across the reason why we haven’t seen any Spring weather yet. Old Man Winter seems to have taken residence just north of Sault Ste. Marie at Sawpit Bay north of Pancake.
What appears to be an eerie face is actually just a rock face along the shores, but it could easily mistaken for the winter warlock that has kept us under the grips of snows and ice for far too long.
Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for the area. It calls for a mix of snow and ice pellets for the city and by the time this slow moving system pushes out of the area, it could leaves us with more than 30cm accumulation by Tuesday morning. The lastest forecast however has that amount diminishing to about 20cm of snow and ice pellets as a borderline of warmer air and colder air battles it out above.
The system which is also causing major problem in southern Ontario is the second wave of active weather to hit Ontario this weekend. The first missed the Sault yesterday packed strong winds and dangerous amounts of freezing rain and ice pellets.
The second system is tracking more northerly and puts the Sault and the North Shore area in a storm track . Forecasters say this could very well be the end of one of the longest winter seasons in decades. We have to go way back to 1972 for a winter like this one. The Sault still had about 40cm of snow on the ground on this date back then.
If the forecast holds true, we could break a snowfall record for this date. In 1993 we picked up almost 15cm of snow on April 15th. It’s not uncommon to see snow showers linger into the first weeks of May, however the snow usually melts fairly quickly by then. This year March and April were both unseasonably colder and thus that’s why we still have snowpack from Winter.
The weather is shifting to warmer temperatures gradually moving in starting Wednesday and then we should see above normal temperatures develop into next week. That is, if Old Man Winter wants to leave the area.