Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Canada: Freak snowstorm hits Gander, N.F on Victoria Day weekend

While Ontarians were lounging on beaches and barbecuing on the Victoria Day weekend, Newfoundlanders were digging out after a freak snowstorm buried parts of the province under about two feet of snow.

According to accuweather.com, Gander tallied a heavy, wet snowfall of 69 cm between Saturday morning and Sunday night.

"Of this amount, 46 cm fell within only 12 hours on Sunday," the site said. "The snow depth reached at least 55 cm on Sunday and still stood at 51 cm on Monday morning."

Normal snowfall for the province for the month of May is 13 cm, according to Environment Canada. The highest snowfall for all of May was 49 cm, set in 1972.