Record snowfall hits area… and it may not be finished yet

 

Winter weather returned last Wednesday with 17 cm of snow. This is the scene looking west on Richmond St.

Winter weather returned last Wednesday with 17 cm of snow. This is the scene looking west on Richmond St.

By Ron Giofu

 

The 17 cm of snow the area received last Wednesday put Windsor-Essex County over the top in terms of measurable snow.

Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson said that snowfall received last Wednesday pushed the 2013-14 seasonal snowfall total to 240.4 cm, breaking the record set in 2004-05 of 225.5 cm.

An average winter for this region, said Coulson, is 129.3 cm.

Cold air acted as a suppressant, said Coulson, which meant systems that track in from places like Colorado and Texas didn’t follow their usual track and head north. Instead, that left this area of the province, including along the north shore of Lake Erie, on the northern edge of many systems prompting higher than usual snowfalls.

For those tired of winter, Coulson cautions it may not be done yet.

“I think it’s still possible to add to that snow record,” he said.

Coulson told the River Town Times last Friday that a system coming tonight and going into Thursday morning could prove to be “messy” for people.

“We could still add a few centimeters to our totals,” said Coulson.

Warmer temperatures are on the way but Coulson said many of those high temperatures are still expected to be below normal. He said the trend for the rest of March and into early April will be for colder than normal temperatures, stating that normal temperatures are in the six degree range for mid-March and between nine and ten degrees by the end of the month.

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