Beats May 1972 record of 49 centimetres
© — Photo by Marilyn Puddicombe/TC Media Gander
Residents of Gander woke up this morning to 15 cms of snow on the ground, and a prediction from Environment Canada of more snow to through the day. It meant gassing up the snowblowers again to clear the driveway.
The final total for how much snow accumulated in Gander over the May 24th weekend has helped this year's month of May become the snowiest one ever for the central Newfoundland community.
Environment Canada is reporting that 58 centimetres accumulated over a 36-hour period from Saturday morning to Sunday evening. The previous record for the entire month of May was 49 centimetres, set in 1972.
On average, 13 centimetres of snowfall accumulates in Gander for the entire month of May.
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While people in many parts of the province are likely disappointed by the fog, mist and drizzle that has dominated their Victoria Day weekend, they can at least be thankful they are not in Gander.
The central Newfoundland community has been walloped by an intense low pressure system since overnight Friday, resulting in over 50 centimetres of accumulated snowfall — 54.5 in all as of 2 p.m. Sunday.
According to meteorologist Wanda Rideout from Environment Canada’s Gander weather office, a further 10 centimetres is expected to fall by midnight Sunday. However, she said approximately 10-12 centimetres has already melted.
“It obliterated every record we had,” said Rideout. The current storm has already exceeded the record total accumulated for the entire month of May in Gander.
Rideout said reduced visibility has been a problem at times because of heavy snowfall, though blowing snow has not been so much of an issue.
“There’s a building across from us,” said Rideout, “and there’s periods where we can’t even see the building. It’s very heavy snow.”
An unofficial report from the nearby community of Gander Bay advised that 15-20 centimetres has fallen there, and Glovertown is also now reporting snow.
Once the snow stops falling, weather is expected to switch to freezing drizzle. Whatever snowfall amounts accumulate by then, Rideout said it all should disappear soon from the ground. By Tuesday, a high temperature of 15 C is expected in Gander.