Winnipeggers awoke Wednesday morning to snow blanketing rooftops and roads, and unseasonably cold weather means the white stuff might not be going away before spring.
About five to eight centimetres of snow fell in the city, with six to eight centimetres falling from the Dauphin area south to the U.S.-Canada border.
“Unfortunately, with five or six centimetres and with our below-normal temperatures looking like it’s going to continue at least until Halloween, it’s probably a pretty good bet that the snow is going to stick around here,” said Chris Stammers, a meteorologist with Environment Canada.
“Get your shovelling practice in.”
It’s normal to get snow in October, but it often melts away. Stammers recalled that when Winnipeg got walloped with over 30 centimetres during a Thanksgiving weekend snowstorm last year, it disappeared before winter later set in.
With temperatures around 10 C below normal for this time of year, he isn’t confident Winnipeg will be snow-free again in 2020.
“When the temperatures are that far below normal at this time of year, any snowfall is probably going to stick,” he said. “That part of it is unprecedented, but the fact that we’re getting snow in October is not really.”
There is a chance of more snow on Thursday, Stammers said.
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