It’s hard to believe that it was 24 years ago this week that Sault Ste. Marie broke snow records and those records are still in place for heaviest snowfall in a 24 hour period.
It was this week 24 years ago that 121cm fell over a three day period , leaving behind 124 cm on the ground and enough snow to collapse the Station Mall Roof.
It was indeed a winter for the record books. During a three day period that began on December 9, 1995 and ended on December 11 , Sault Ste. Marie saw about 511cm for the entire season. According to statitcs from Environment Canada the most snow ever to blanket the city was during the winter of 2014-2015 with 578cm.
Last winter, was extremely snowy for the area. Normal snowfall for the winter season is about 378cm. During the winter of 2018-2019 Sault Ste. Marie saw a total of 400cm it came early and stayed late. The last time the Sault had this much snow on the ground was in 1972.
By comparison to last year or in 1995, our current snowpack is minuscule at just 5cm on the ground as of Tuesday morning.