Heavy snow, ice coverage ruins spring temps in northern Ont.
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 10:27 AM - As southern Ontarians continue to unthaw from the destructive icy blast, northern parts of the province were left to dig out of heavy snow. Over 30 cm of snow fell across some places since last weekend making things look and feel a lot more like the heart of winter versus the start of spring. That heavy snow and ice coverage could also limit how warm things get in the coming days.
We feel the frustrations building as more photos flood in showing picturesque scenes reminiscent of Christmas time rather than the golf courses or blooming flowers more typical of the mid April mark.
"Waiting for spring to spring," said one photo caption, while others are questioning if spring will ever come. Then you see jaw dropping sights like THIS with the simple title, "Spring in Timmins."
Photo courtesy: Andrew Warren - Timmins, Ontario
It's enough to send shivers down your spine, especially when 90% of the country is still covered in snow. Now, as conditions improve and signs of spring look to finally emerge, this powerful ice storm may continue to ruin the improving forecast, especially in areas that still have heavy snow and ice on the ground.
"Temperatures will have a tendency to underachieve in areas where we have thick ice covering the ground north of Toronto," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham. "This will be slow to melt and will impact temperatures until it has melted."
WILLIE WARNED US, BUT IS THIS GETTING OUT OF HAND?
Back on February 2, Wiarton Willie predicted six more weeks of winter, coinciding with our own forecast for an extended frosty season. Typically the forecast prediction (early spring/more winter) begins ON Groundhog Day, but if it's six more weeks from the official start of spring (March 20), then buckle up, we still have two more weeks to go.
Wiarton, Ontario actually took one of the biggest snow hits from this most recent potent storm with close to 40 cm recorded on Saturday. Combine that with the heavy ice pellets and freezing rain on Sunday and you've got a full winter MESS. Other big hitters in this spring snow? Marathon, Chapleau and Kapuskasing all seeing between 25-35 cm through Tuesday.
WATCH THIS: WIARTON WILLIE WAS RIGHT AND HERE'S THE PROOF FROM...WIARTON
YOUR SNOW PHOTOS: WE FEEL THE CHILL
"Waiting for Spring to Spring"
Courtesy: Leona White, Iroquois Falls, ON
"Wiarton Willie...are you kidding me?"
Courtesy: Big Poppa Ross - New Hamburg, ON
"Will spring ever come?"
Courtesy: Jennifer Young - Petawawa, ON
Courtesy: Chris Theriault - Pembroke, ON