Freak snowfall strikes region

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It looked more like November than May overnight Wednesday following a late spring snowfall.

"It really isn't unusual to get snow in May, but it's unusual to get it this late in May," meteorologist Mike Campbell from the Maritime Weather Centre said Thursday.

Freak snowfall strikes region

It looked more like November than May overnight Wednesday following a late spring snowfall.

"It really isn't unusual to get snow in May, but it's unusual to get it this late in May," meteorologist Mike Campbell from the Maritime Weather Centre said Thursday. "Usually, the snow peters out very early in the month, but we have had instances before of snow late in May."

A low pressure system moving in from the northeastern United States on Wednesday interacted with a high pressure system over northern Quebec to bring snow to areas of the central Maritimes.

In total, about three centimetres of the white stuff accumulated in Amherst. Most of the snow had melted by mid-morning, but it left people scratching their heads in wonder after temperatures were in the mid-twenties just a couple of days ago.

"Usually in late April and early May you can get some flurries or snow when the Gulf of St. Lawrence is colder. Right now, the gulf's temperature has moderated considerably and it's really not cold enough to cause snow," Campbell said. "This was just a bit of a fluke. It's a very unusual thing to forecast."

Campbell said the latest snowfall he could find was on May 24, 1974 when between five and 10 cm fell on the Amherst area.

"It's going to remain unsettled through the long weekend. We're not expecting anymore snow, but temperatures will remain on the miserable side with single digit highs and belts of rain moving in and out," he said. "I don't see any improvement until early next week."



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Maritime Weather Centre

Geographic location: Amherst, United States, Northern Quebec

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