Record-breaking snowfall in Central

Andrea Gunn
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Region gets 24 cm of snow to start May

People in Central Newfoundland woke up Tuesday morning with an interruption in their regularly scheduled spring weather and 24 centimetres of snow to clear from their driveways.

Grand Falls-Windsor resident Janrie Javier digs out after a heavy snowfall in the region Monday evening and into Tuesday morning.

According to Linda Libby, meteorologist with Environment Canada, data collected in Gander suggests it was the highest snowfall on record in a 24-hour period for the month of May.

The second highest was 20 years ago, in 1994, when the region got more than 18 cm over one 24-hour period in May. In 2013, the central region also saw some heavy springtime-snow, with 18 cm recorded over one day on May 18.

The snow was not expected to last very long, however, with forecasts calling for warmer weather mid week, and some rain over the weekend.

However, for anyone thinking this could be the last of winter’s comeback Libby said the one-day snowfall record for the month of June in central is actually higher than the record for May; the region got 21 cm of snow on June 3, also in 1994.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Gander

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