Wednesday, May 01, 2013

May finally - after 6 months of winter in Montreal

May Day is here, we made it finally, after what seemed like one of the longest winters in recent memory. We had snow from November right into late April here in southern Quebec. Montreal will warm to 24C (76F) today our warmest day of the year to date, with mild overnight lows around 10C (50F). This pattern will last well into the upcoming weekend with lots of sunshine, no precipitation, and temperatures around 21C (70F) for highs.

Meanwhile portions of Saskatchewan and Manitoba are digging out from up to 25cm of wet snow on Tuesday. In Moose Jaw and Regina the amounts were around 15cm, still plenty for a winter weary region that has observed record snowfall this winter. Snow and heavy rain also fell on flood prone southern Manitoba into North Dakota yesterday. Today that same storm system will produce snow from Nebraska and Iowa across Minnesota and Wisconsin into northwest Ontario. Just a couple of days ago the Twin Cities were in the upper 70`s, today they are under a winter storm warning. But such is the Spring of 2013, it has been a bizarre mix of snow, thunderstorms, record warmth and cold all mashed together. Lets hope Montreal has finally cleared the hurdle as the trees are budding, the tulips are coming up and my grass has finally turned green, at least parts of it!

Dauphin, Manitoba on Tuesday. (CBC News)

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