By Rob Paola
Looks like Welland will be waking up to a winter wonderland tomorrow morning … 15 cm quite possible for Welland through tonight, possibly up to 20 cm if you get some heavier bands. This will likely be Welland’s biggest April snowfall since Apr 2-3, 2005 when the city received 21 cm over 2 days.
Although usually seen as an unseasonable occurrence, snow in April is not uncommon in Niagara, and in fact can be expected every year. Average April snowfall in Welland is 4.7 cm, and a snowfall of 5 cm or more can be expected once every 5 years or so.
There have been some dramatic April snowstorms in Welland, the biggest occurring on April 11 1894 when 43 cm was recorded on a single day. The snowiest April on record was back in 1904 when a whopping 67.6 cm fell over 6 straight days from April 14-19th.
The snowfall tonight will likely stick around for a couple days as temperatures remain below freezing before milder weather and rain melts it away by Wednesday.
(Rob Paola, a “Welland boy” as the saying goes, is with Environment Canada and currently works at the Prairie and Arctic Storm Prediction Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba as a supervisor and severe weather meteorologist. Following Welland’s weather, even from afar, has been a long-time interest.)