Every year we see snow come a little early for most people. Usually anytime after November 11th, we can expect to see the snow begin in any given year. This year we saw a little taste of winter prior to Halloween, but that was mostly very wet snow and it disappeared as quickly as it came.
The recent snow thanks mostly to lake effect snow showers and squalls looks like it’s going to stick around for a while, like five months. During the month of November thus far, Sault Ste. Marie has seen 62 cm of snowfall. There’s currently about 20cm on the ground , with more snow in the forecast for Friday and Saturday – though it could be wet snow or a mix of snow and rain.
Temperatures will remain near freezing for the most part with an exception coming for the final week of November and into the first week of December. Long range forecasts call for temperatures to bump up to plus 5c , however only for a few days. That’s not enough to completely melt what we have and what’s coming.
Temperatures will remain slightly above seasonal for today and Friday.
Temperatures then begin to settle into near normal values by the second week of December and pretty much stay there heading right into the end of the year.
In 1996, one of the snowiest winters ever recorded in the Sault, winter was already settled in with more than 26cm on the ground. The past few winters have been long and snowy as well, not to mention bone chilling cold.
For this winter, depending who you listen to, could either be a repeat of last year or a somewhat milder winter temperature wise. The long range forecasts put temperatures in Sault Ste. Marie at normal or slightly above normal for January.