The Weather Network has unveiled its spring forecast for the months of March, April and May.
Recent spring-like weather in New Brunswick has made many wonder when the real season will arrive.
TWN meteorologist Doug Gilham expects we should still expect some wintry weather during March which is not unusual but he thinks temperatures should be near normal for the three month period.
Gilham believes it will be a wet season overall with above normal precipitation especially rainfall.
Last year, spring was very late and cold weather just wouldn’t let go.
Snow was recorded as late as 21 May in Greater Moncton.
A wintry mix falls in NE Moncton, 31 Dec 2019 (Dearing)
The same storm system which impacted Ontario and Quebec is now creating travel havoc in the Maritimes with a mixed bag of precipitation.
Snow along with ice pellets began in Southwest New Brunswick on New Year’s Eve morning and gradually spread to Greater Moncton by early afternoon.
About 14 cm of snow and ice pellets could accumulate in the Southeast before a changeover to rain around midnight as temperatures rise above freezing.
Snowfall warnings have been posted in western and northern New Brunswick with 15 to 30 cm likely with lesser amounts for Prince Edward Island and mostly rain is forecast for mainland Nova Scotia.
Moncton received 5.4 cm of snow, Saint John had 3.4 cm while about 10 cm fell in Fredericton but near 30 cm in Woodstock.
Cold, wintry weather seems to have arrived earlier this season in New Brunswick and Greater Moncton is no exception.
As shown above, the first below freezing daytime high was recorded on 09 November which makes it the earliest date in recent years.
In addition, the thermometer has already dropped to -10°C this month which I will outline in an upcoming post.
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
A wintry scene in Winnipeg, 12 Oct 2014 (Facebook/Winnipeg)
The Manitoba government declared a state of emergency on Saturday after a powerful storm dumped heavy rain, freezing rain, snow and wind to southern portions of the province this week.
Amid the early winter blast, Manitoba Hydro is trying to restore electricity to thousands of residents after numerous trees and branches – many still covered in leaves – fell onto power lines with winds gusting up to 100 km/h.
The storm was so bad it forced the temporary closure of the Trans Canada Highway from Winnipeg to the Saskatchewan border.
Southern Manitoba got blasted after a Colorado Low moved in from the United States where it brought dramatic temperature drops and heavy snow to the Great Plains states.
The next concern for local emergency measures officials will be flooding as the snow melts given the rising temperatures forecasted over the next few days.
Snowfall totals as of 1pm CDT on Saturday, October 12th:
- Carberry 74 cm
- Morden 64 cm
- Winnipeg 34 cm
- Dauphin 30 cm
- Brandon 29 cm
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Wintry weather will undoubtedly continue in New Brunswick for the next few weeks but meteorological winter (December, January and February) is officially over.
In Greater Moncton, winter proved to be slightly colder than normal (0.3 degrees cooler) although the extreme low was not as cold as previous years.
Precipitation was about average for the season with slightly above normal rainfall and slightly below normal snowfall.
Victoria, BC, 12 Feb 2019 (Royal BC Museum Inner Harbour Webcam)
Wintry weather doesn’t visit the coast of British Columbia very often but it certainly causes disruption when it arrives.
Following back to back snow days, Vancouver has picked up almost 25 cm of snow with higher amounts in the Fraser Valley and Victoria has recorded more than 40 cm.
An Arctic outflow pushing temperatures below freezing combined with low pressure off Vancouver Island is creating snowy rather than more typical rainy conditions.
Traffic and transit services were snarled, schools were cancelled and scattered power outages kept crews busy in the region.
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)
Snow covered highway near Okehampton, Devon, UK, 19 March 2018 (Keene/PA)
A blast of cold Siberian air – dubbed “Beast from the East 2.0” – has invaded the United Kingdom bringing heavy snow and icy conditions for the second time this month.
More than 10 cm snow fell in southwest England where a 100 km stretch of the A30 Highway was shut down forcing travellers to seek emergency shelter at a school in Okehampton.
Devon and Cornwall Police warned drivers to stay off the highways until snowplows cleared them and hundreds of schools were closed today.
Forecasters are watching for another wintry cold snap which could affect the UK during Easter weekend.
Snow falling in Edmonton, AB, 19 Sept 2017 (Dearing)
The northernmost city in North America with over one million residents had 5 cm of snow today.
Edmonton had a winter-like day during the final days of summer when a cold rain turned white making highways slippery.
Alberta weather can be highly variable given that on 07 September, the provincial capital climbed to 32.8 C – the warmest temperature so far this year.
Environment Canada says the cold and snow will be short-lived with sunshine and daytime highs climbing to 16 C by the weekend.
Melting snow on cars and steps in NE Moncton, 23 Nov 2016 (Dearing)
Looking out the window in Greater Moncton last night, it began to look very wintry with falling snow and brisk winds to blow it around.
Although about 2 cm accumulated overnight, the snow only stuck to grassy areas and colder surfaces not roadways.
By mid-morning, the snow had almost completely melted expect for some spots on vehicles and the grass seemed to turn a little greener.