The final one-third of 2019 has seen its share of outlier weather for Brandon, including setting a record for its wettest September (176.7mm) along with October 11/12’s unusually large 29cm dumping of snow for that time of the year. Add one more to the weird and whacky pile as the recent stretch of freezing drizzle from early Friday to early Saturday turned out to be by far the longest consecutive period of recorded freezing drizzle the city has seen.
Officially according to records shared by weather firm WeatherLogics, what had been falling as snow in the very early hours of Friday would later fall as drizzle beginning in the 8am hour. It then continued until the 5am hour Saturday, representing 22 hours in a row... leaving in its dust the previous record of 15 hours set on two occasions in the 1980s:
It all made for some unique situations, with the generally light falling mist at times needing less than a hour to accumulate on car windows as thick sheets of ice while a the same time coating many sidewalks. In a subsequent tweet it was noted that the unusual weather didn’t necessarily amount to the most impactful case of freezing precip that the city has seen, with overall intensity being less than some past events:
The same overall weather system brought heavy snow to points South, including North Dakota where more than six inches of snow was expected in parts.
On Sunday Brandon is forecast by Environment and Climate Change Canada to see periods of light snow throughout the day and into the night before clearing overnight and giving way to sunny skies by Monday afternoon.