After a picture perfect start to the Spring season this past weekend, an unwelcome guest just may make a return to Sault Ste. Marie for this week and next weekend.
The visitor is Old Man Winter and he wants to stay for a number of days.
This past weekend Sault Ste. Marie exceeded forecast highs reaching 15c in the city, but those temperatures are sliding downward this week and a number of systems will try to take aim at us with a mix of rain, freezing rain and accumulation of snow.
The forecast is not confirmed yet and I’m not overly confident in the forecasts the models are spitting out at this point, but one thing is clear, temperatures will drop and rain is in the forecast for most of the week.
What is complicating the forecast is the timing of colder air working its way into the area as prolonged rain showers could eventually change to snow showers.
Rain is expected to start Monday evening and then taper off Tuesday before another system moves into the Great Lakes Wednesday. Heavy rain is expected most of the day Wednesday with above average temperatures , but then on the back side of the low, the sysstem will be tapping into colder air allowing for a variety of precipitation types.
The colder air will stick around for several days and with an abundance of moisture , we could see a return to winter-type conditions into next week. Temperatures are expected to drop quickly Wednesday night into Thursday where daytime highs could be a cold as plus 1c
The bright side is the daytime highs will at least be above freezing allowing any accumulating snow to possibly melt over the day, overnight temperatures however will remain very cold.
Unsettled conditions stretch into next week with Sunday being our best bet for accumulating snowfall, right now the call is for 5cm, but temperatures begin to rebound heading into the long Easter weekend starting midweek next week.
Snow is not uncommon for end of March and early April. Even during the month of May, light flurries could still be flying around, though having an early start to Spring after a lackluster winter to begin with, most of us are ready for the return of the warmth that Spring greeted us with this past weekend.