Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Has spring finally sprung in Montreal?

A wonderful sight each Spring on L'Ile Perrot, the street cleaner picking up the tons of dirt left behind by winter. (ValleyWX Pic)

The last patch of snow disappeared from my front lawn at 6:05 pm yesterday evening and I was ready, rake in hand. It is an annual right of spring to get outside and make the property look good after the winter snow and cold has destroyed the lawn. There is also a ton of sand and small rocks left behind from the plows and salt trucks.

So is spring finally here? It would appear so with mild weather in Montreal and downright warm weather forecast for Friday. Temperatures today have already reached 10C and we should peak around 12C or so, very close to normal. A major storm has developed over the US southwest and will move towards the Great Lakes by Friday. This system will produce another wild mix of snow and tornadoes from New Mexico to the Ohio Valley. The snow will be confined to the regions west of the track. That will include South Dakota and Minnesota that were hard hit by back to back April snowstorms already. It will also spread snow into northwest Ontario and portions of central Quebec. Montreal this time will remain south and east of the track. This will allow a surge of warm humid air into the region by Friday. Partly cloudy skies and gusty south winds should push the temperature into the low 20's in the St. Lawrence Valley. There is even the risk of a thunderstorm or two.

The weekend looks much cooler with temperature back below normal, but no snow! Hopefully that is it for snow for 2012/2013. The ground was covered at my house from early December right through April, long enough.

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, First Responders and people of Boston. Stay strong.

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