Today's snow and cold is a far cry from what we enjoyed two years ago today, when weather records were obliterated — on the high side.
March 19, 2012 was the last official day of winter that year as well, but it felt more like the first days of summer in Ottawa with a high that reached 24 C.
The previous record, which we'd still be happy with today, had been 16 C.
- Wacky weather hits Canada on winter's last day
- March 2012 temperature chart
- Ian Black's local weather page
As you can tell, today isn't much like it was 730 days ago. Ottawa's forecast is for two to four centimetres of snow and a high of 1 C, rising to 3 C overnight with snow and rain mixed together.
Wed 7am. -8C, E 14km/h. Still on track for 2-4cm snow starting 2pm in Ottawa. If u don't want more than that, hope it changes 2 rain quickly— Ian Black (@BlacksWeather) March 19, 2014
Gatineau may see as many as 15 centimetres of snow through Wednesday night, with areas such as Pembroke, Petawawa and Renfrew set for as many as 10 centimetres after it starts in the late morning.
Watch the video above to see what life was like in Ottawa on March 19, 2012.