Despite some thinking that we reached 9c in the Sault yesterday, we actually only reached 3.2c , that according to Environment Canada at the Sault Ste. Marie airport. The sun could have made it warmer in the city.
There are more chances of breaking temperature records this week. The forecast for Wednesday calls for a temperature of plus 7c – that would break the old record of plus 5c set in 1965. Another chance is Thursday, once again forecast for up 7c. That would beat the record set in 1991 of 5.4c and then again on Friday where we could reach 9c briefly. If we do that we can break the record set in 1966 of 5c .
Keep in mind, the average temperature for this time of year is -5c with an average overnight temperature of -16c.
The well above seasonal temperatures will struggle to hold on over the weekend. Rain showers come our way Friday, followed by snow showers for the weekend. Will winter try to make a comeback? It appears so, as we start to see temperatures fall to seasonal averages all next week and at the moment, according to long range forecasts, March could see the return of accumulating snow.
As far as snowfall is concerned, it will come as no surprise that we are currently seeing the least amount of snow ever for Sault Ste. Marie. Normal snowpack at this time of year would be anywhere from 40cm to 80cm. The most snow on the ground was set in 1971 of 112cm . We currently have 2cm.