Snowy May 1 caps one of the coldest Aprils on record
Manitobans wake to snow-covered ground, some areas get up to 45 cm
Much of southern Manitoba woke up to a fresh blanket of snow on Wednesday, capping one of the coldest Aprils on record in the city.
Winnipeg had its coldest April in 120 years this year, and it's tied for the third-coldest ever on record, according to CBC meteorologist John Sauder.
All schools in the Lakeshore School Division were closed because of the bad weather on Wednesday, as were the schools in Plumas and Langruth.
Unseasonably cool temperatures weren't the only thing Manitobans had to deal with, as more snow fell in parts of the province on Tuesday. The Plumas area took the biggest hit, with 35 to 45 centimetres.
Iris Fisher has lived in Plumas her entire life and said she has never seen anything like the late-April snow dump. The 76-year-old said when she went to go get her paper on Wednesday morning, the snow was up to her knees.
"You can’t describe it because you can’t see anything, really!" she said.
Fisher said she had thought of planting flowers this weekend, but now the snow is covering her yard.
"This is seeding time, not snow time! The farmers will really be set back," she said.
As plows cleared snow in the Rural Municipality of Lakeview on Wednesday, area farmers like Philip Thordarson say the wintry weather is delaying their season.
"It's a tough storm to have at this time of the year, for the sake of the animals and farmers," Thordarson said. "It's certainly holding everything up."
Warmer temperatures are on the way for much of Manitoba, though, and temperatures in the teens are forecast for Winnipeg on the weekend.