With snowcover in Brandon all-but melted courtesy of a late March warm spell, Mother Nature’s funny bone was on full display to Wheat City residents on Wednesday with a sort of April Fools weather system that began on Tuesday evening with the city’s first spring rain accompanied by the odd embedded crack of thunder.
The real fun started during the early morning hours Wednesday, where a downpour of rain later gave way to the light snowfall that had the ground covered with a thin layer of white by sunrise. Heavier snow would move into the area later in the morning, leaving what looks to my eye to be more than 10cm of cover by the time it let up later in the afternoon.
Thanks to the good folks at Brandon Photographics I was able to mount a camera trained on the city’s 18th Street and Park Ave intersection earlier this week, footage from which was used to capture the time-lapse video below that compresses a 12+ hour slice of time beginning in the pre-dawn hours of April Fools morning into the 50 seconds you see below:
True to form during this unprecedented time, many Brandonites could be seen in online comments noting the positive of such a system giving folks further incentive to Stay Home in consistency with social distancing expectations that are presently in place as part of the effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Though the Heavy Snowfall Warning that had been in place during Wednesday afternoon’s snowfall has since been dropped, the current Environment and Climate Change Canada forecast for Brandon calls for 2-4cm of additional white stuff during the day on Thursday and 2-4cm more on Thursday night. It should all be water by this time next week when a temporary stretch of below-normal daytime highs is expected to have yielded to more seasonal plus-temps.