True to style, Canada starts meteorological summer with heavy snow

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It wouldn't be a true start to summer in Canada without winter storm warnings and snow for parts of the country.

June 1 marks the official start of meteorological summer, and while some parts of the country are soaking in true summer-like heat and humidity, others have yet to completely shake the grip of winter.

That's right, we're talking more snow!

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A couple of deep upper level low pressure centres are helping to keep the cold and stormy conditions locked in place.

The month started with winter storm warnings for northern portions of Manitoba as an intense storm brought a prolonged period of snowfall, gusty winds, and a risk for freezing rain.

In all, between 20-30 cm of snow is expected in the hardest hit areas through Thursday, with gusty winds up to 80 km/h giving reduced visibilities in snow and blowing snow.

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Conditions will improve by Friday, as the system weakens and moves over northern Ontario.

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Manitoba isn't the only province dealing with winter’s stubborn leftovers. Parts of the Labrador coast continue to see heavy snow thanks to a cold onshore flow off the north Atlantic.

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While it may seem uncommon, and even a shock to the system for the time of year, there have actually been more than 100 instances of June snowfalls across Newfoundland and Labrador throughout history.

Nain, Labrador, recorded nearly 30 cm of snowfall on June 9th, 2000, with St. John's even recording a recent June bout of snow -- more than 2 cm worth on June 10th, 2021.