It’s been a long winter, with an abundance of snow and cold. The forecasters got it right when they warned us, “it’s going to be a snowy and cold winter”. The Sault Ste. Marie area has seen more snow than normal with just shy of 100cm currently still on the ground.
We’ve had more snow on the ground on this date before. In 1972 we recorded 127cm on the ground and that grew to over 137cm on March 8, 1972. So no, we haven’t broken any snowfall records this year, though it feels like it.
Another shot of the arctic air moved in Monday and will last through Thursday. Morning lows this morning sank to -26c (normally our overnight lows would be around -8c with a daytime high of plus 1c)
Temperatures too have been on the below normal range for most of the winter. The good news is, it’s coming to an end.
We just need to get past the next day or so and the arctic air retreats and we will start to see a gradual warm up to the freezing mark or beyond by this weekend!
That’s not to say we won’t see the odd snow shower here or there, or that temperatures won’t dip below the freezing mark again, because they will. The overall forecast however seems to favour warming temperatures for the second half of the month leading right into April where we will see above normal temperatures for the entire month.
Currently the long range four week forecast sees temperatures rising from plus 7 to plus 9c by the first week of April.
The melting should begin in earnest by the third week in March, with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark. Daytime highs of 0 to plus 3c will allow for a slow melt for the most part. Things could get interesting if that warmth builds too quick which could lead to some localized flooding. Meanwhile Rhonda Bateman from the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority tells SaultOnline and ONNtv that they believe a slow warming trend will help with any major flooding concerns from snow melt, but she warns heavy rain showers that may develop later this month and early April could mean a major flooding potential for the area.