You may think that Sault Ste. Marie must have broken a record for snowfall this year, but you’d be wrong.
Though the City is experiencing some of the greatest snowfall in recent memory, there was a time we actually had more snow on the ground and that was 1972.
The latest measurement made Monday, March 11 puts the Sault’s snow on the ground at 105cm or 41.3 inches, according to the latest information from Environment Canada.
On this date back in 1972 there was 124cm still on the ground.
So far this year Sault Ste. Marie has seen 355cm (about 11 feet) that’s not including November or December. When you add the months of November and December to this winter’s snowfall, it puts us well above average for annual snowfall with 478cm so far this winter season. That’s 15 feet of snow!! (normal snowfall totals are about 400cm annually) About two thirds that fall from the clouds melts so that leaves us with 105cm or close to four feet on the ground as of today.
Winter started quite early in the Sault this year and never left. November was an unusually snowy month. In December we had a slight reprieve with only 28cm for the entire month. Then came January , where we picked up 120cm with January 7th being the snowiest day with 34cm.
February wasn’t just colder than usual it was also snowier. For the entire month the Sault picked up 114cm. In February 2018 for example the Sault just saw 53cm So double the amount of snow we saw last February. No wonder people are getting sick of the white stuff.
On average Sault Ste. Marie becomes snow-less (no snow on the ground) around the 10th to 12th of April , this year the snow-less date is being pushed to about April 22nd or beyond because there is another system that could dump a few more centimeters by the end of this week, after some rain and warm days starting Wednesday .
Other than the fact that we have seen above normal snowfall this year, another reason why we are still very snowy is the lack of a thaw this winter. The Sault really hasn’t seen any warm temperatures to speak of for any long period of time. As a result instead of losing some of our snowpack over the winter, it just basically accumulated and accumulated.
April does appear to be coming in at above normal temperature wise , so we could see a quick melt starting the first week of April.