Friday, April 03, 2009
End of March snowstorms put spring on hold in Red River valley
While snowcover was pretty much gone in Winnipeg and the Red River valley by this time last year, it's a much different story this year. Two snowstorms in the last week of March deposited 30-40 cm of snow on Winnipeg and area, giving us early April snowdepths similar to midwinter. Cloud cover and below normal temperatures are delaying a quick melt of the snowcover, which is good news for the flood situation, but depressing for winter weary residents looking for spring. While snowcover in Winnipeg is usually gone by late March or early April, the weather pattern this year will likely prolong our snowcover well into the second or possibly third week of April. This is similar to Aprils of 1997, 1996 and 1979 which saw heavy April snowcover linger into the third or last weeks of the month. (see snowdepth statistics for Winnipeg airport) Hopefully, we can get into a trend of drier and milder weather by next week that will get rid of the snow by mid month, with reduced impacts on the flooding situation.
Posted by rob at 7:25 AM