Winter came back with a bite this weekend, bringing snow squalls and then frigid temperatures which are forecast to last through the week.
Environment Canada's forecast notes an “abnormal temperature trend” developing in the Owen Sound area, where daytime temperatures drop by at least three degrees when they would normally rise during the day.
Saturday's daytime high was 5.1 with a low of 0.6. But the sudden arrival of Arctic air saw Sunday's daytime high plunge to -9. It's not forecast to get any warmer than -8 during the day through the end of the forecast period on Saturday. Tuesday's high is predicted to be -14, before feeling the windchill effect.
Environment Canada's wind warning ended before noon Sunday. But the snow squall warning Sunday was to continue Monday. Squalls reduced visibility to nil at times and were forecasted to add 10 to 15 centimetres of snow accumulation to the approximately 15 predicted to fall Sunday.
By Sunday afternoon city police had encountered no weather related incidents, despite clogged and greasy roads. City plows were digging into the side streets, while people shovelling or blew out their driveways.
Down at the Good Cheer outdoor ice rink in Harrison Park Sunday there were no complainers about the snow or the cold.
Matthew Kruen, 13, of Clavering brought his hockey stick down to the rink, where he was one of four people checking out the ice. While his parents shopped for groceries, he skated. He's come every year since he was six. “I've been down 20-plus times (this year.) I love it down here.”
The Hepworth Central Public School student said the ice has been “pretty choppy” this year. He suggested the rink needed more flooding and shovelling.
Shovelling Sunday fell to Steve Williams and his kids, Brandon, 13, and Grace, 10, from Owen Sound. This was their first visit to the Good Cheer Rink this season. Brandon said going there “gives me something to do.”
They hadn't been down before Sunday because the weather has been on the mild side this winter, Steve Williams said. They usually visit the five or six times or more a year. “This is what Canada is all about you know. People sometimes get down about the winter but I like to celebrate the winter.”