Snow falls in NE Moncton, 27 Feb 2020 (Dearing)
A major winter storm moved across Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada delivering snow, rain, freezing rain, strong winds and ice pellets.
Police told drivers to stay off the roads, many flights were grounded, schools closed and some businesses shut down.
Almost 17 cm of snow/ice pellets fell in Greater Moncton which made roads treacherous and forced the transit system to cancel service by late afternoon.
Snowfall amounts (in cm):
- Mont-Laurier, QC 49
- Pembroke, ON 34
- Gaspe, QC 25 to 45
- Ingonish Beach, NS 25
- Miramichi, NB 22
- Quebec City area 20 to 40
- Edmundston, NB 18
- Greater Moncton 17
- Ottawa 17
- Fredericton 16
- Toronto Pearson 15
- London 12
- Greater Montreal 5 to 15
- St. John’s 11
Duration of freezing rain (in hours):
- CFB Trenton 7
- Kingston 5
- Ottawa 1.5
Rainfall (in mm):
- Western Head, NS 47
- Shelburne, NS 34
Wind gusts (in km/h):
- Grand Etang, Cape Breton, NS 181
- Wreckhouse, NL 181
- Yarmouth, NS 118
- Port aux Basques, NL 123
- Quebec City 102
- Stephenville, NL 100
- Picton area, ON 101
- Sydney, NS 93
- Halifax Stanfield 89
- Toronto Billy Bishop 82
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
A Colorado Low tracked across Lake Huron on Saturday and brought snow to nearly all of Ontario and Southern Quebec with the first major amounts this winter.
Strong gusty winds up to 100 km/h in some areas also created blowing snow.
The low pressure system continued through the Northeastern United States and impacted the Maritimes on Sunday.
Snowfall amounts (in cm):
- Marathon 30
- Thunder Bay 21
- Ottawa 20 (new daily record for 18 January)
- Kitchener-Waterloo 19
- Toronto Pearson Airport 17.2 (new daily record for 18 January)
- Montreal 17
- London 16
- Kenora 15
(Data courtesy Environment Canada and volunteer observations)
Never before has the temperature climbed above 20 C during the winter in the United Kingdom – until this week.
The record U.K. temperature for February has actually been broken twice over the past few days.
On social media, users were posting photos of a snowy wonderland at the same time last year compared to spring-like scenes this year.
France has also been exceptionally warm with a record high of 19 C in Paris and a scorching maximum of 28 C in the southwestern part of the country.
Meantime, the high in London today is cooler at 14 C which is still about four degrees above average for late February.
A tree falls onto an SUV in an ice storm, East York, Toronto, ON, 15 April 2018 (R. Johnston/Toronto Star)
A slow moving low pressure system brought a wintry mix of snow, ice pellets, freezing rain, rain and strong winds to Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec over the weekend.
Icy conditions led to more than 1,600 highway crashes, numerous power outages from falling trees and downed lines, cancelled flights, transit delays and school closures.
Officials were forced to close the CN Tower due to falling ice from the structure.
Here are some totals from the spring storm as of 16 April at 2pm EDT:
- Toronto Pearson Airport – 18 hours of ice pellets, 6 hours of freezing rain, 12 cm ice pellets.
- Toronto Billy Bishop Airport – Peak wind gust of 96km/h
- London – 14 hours of freezing rain with ice pellets
- Windsor – 6 hours of freezing rain
- Hamilton – 11 hours of ice pellets, 6 hours of freezing rain and ice pellets, 8 hours of freezing rain
- Ottawa – 9 hours of freezing rain Sunday, 6 hours of freezing rain Monday, wind gusts to 70 km/h
- Montreal – 9 hours of freezing rain Saturday, 4 hours of freezing rain Sunday, 3 hours freezing rain Monday
- Quebec City – 5 hours of freezing rain Monday
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
It felt more like mid-spring than late winter across Southern Ontario today.
A mild air mass combined with strengthening February sunshine to set new record highs in the region.
Environment Canada reports April-like maximums for 28 February:
- Sarnia, 16.8 C, old record 15.1 C from 2016
- Toronto Pearson Airport, 16.2 C, old record 14.0 C from 2016
- Windsor, 16.1 C, old record 13.6 C from 2017
- London, 15.1 C, old record 14.2 C from 2016
- Kitchener-Waterloo, 15.0 C, old record 12.4 C from 2016
Drivers deal with snow in Worcester, England, UK, 12 Dec 2017 (Sky News)
An Arctic chill lowered temperatures to -13 C in Shawbury near Manchester which was the lowest in the United Kingdom since -14 C in Braemar, Scotland in February 2016.
The cold comes after heavy snow fell with as much as 30 cm in parts of Wales knocking out power to tens of thousands.
Snow also fell in London where cancellations were reported at Heathrow Airport as plows cleared runways.
Snow and ice also delayed train schedules and created slick road conditions across the country.
Snow covers a vehicle in Aviemore, Scotland, UK, 25 April 2017 (BBC Weather)
Arctic air has enveloped the United Kingdom with heavy snow in Scotland and northern England and near freezing temperatures as far south as London.
Forecasters say snow in late April is not uncommon and actually fell over parts of the country around the same time last year.
Temperatures struggled to reach 10 C today after a hard frost early this morning.
This cold snap is a far cry from record breaking heat earlier this month when the thermometer climbed to 26 C in southern England and a mild March which was the fifth warmest ever for the U.K.
What a difference in one week in downtown Fredericton, 23 Feb 2017 (Facebook)
The weather has been relatively calm lately in New Brunswick and the Maritimes which has been a welcome relief after a string of winter storms earlier this month.
Mild air has pushed into the region which set several record highs yesterday both here and in Southern Ontario.
The Greater Moncton International Airport reached 10 C and it was the warmest temperature since 18 December – just shy of the record of 13.2 from 1981.
But some weather stations in the Moncton area climbed as high as 13 C.
New record highs for 23 February:
Kouchibouguac Nat’l Park 12.4 C
Woodstock, NB 11.9 C
Bathurst 10.5 C
Windsor, ON 19.3 C
London, ON 18.3 C
Toronto Pearson Airport 17.7 C
Waves crash the seawall at Dawlish in Devon, England, 28 October 2013 (Reuters)
Hurricane strength winds battered Britain, northern France, the Netherlands and Scandinavia on Monday, cutting power and hampering air and rail travel.
Gusts of up to 160 km/h lashed southern England and Wales – the worst in a decade according to forecasters.
Thousands of London commuters were stuck at home after train and Tube lines were forced shut by toppled trees and power failures.
Reports say more than a dozen people have been killed so far in the powerful autumn storm.