Friday, February 03, 2012

Weekend Update

Phil surprised everybody with his message yesterday!

I guess our little furry forecasters were at odds yesterday with Wiarton Willie here in Ontario predicting an early spring and Punxsatawney Phil in Pennsylvania saying it will be at least six more weeks of winter. Either way, as I said yesterday, good news for most of us. It has been a tame winter across the country with winter coming in pieces as opposed to an entire season. Most of the really cold air and ferocious storms have been occurring in Alaska where they have had just an extreme winter. Today it is the US Rockies turn for a day of winter weather. A snowstorm is producing heavy snow, from 1 to 2 feet and strong winds across Colorado and into the high plains of Nebraska. This included the metro Denver area where visibility was down to 1/8 of a mile in heavy snow and blowing snow this morning.

For us here in Quebec and eastern Ontario it will be a quiet weather weekend with just a few flurries possible late tonight but otherwise sunny and seasonable. High temperatures will be in the -5C range with lows overnight, chilly around -12C or so. The weather will be perfect for outdoor activities, assuming you can find some snow that does not have a half inch layer of ice on top of it. Or better yest skate, either here in Montreal at the Old Port or on the Rideau at Winterlude in Ottawa. Enjoy the weekend and be safe.

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