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'Dread at times heavy': April snow a punch in the chops

What's a newsroom to do when the weather is this crappy? At CBC Ottawa, we decided to have a little fun.

Watch frustrated residents let off a little steam with a punching bag provided by CBC

Remember last weekend, when the sun was shining and the snow was melting and it actually felt like spring?

Today's snow and freezing rain warning have likely dashed whatever joy remained after that brief, warm respite from all the wintry gloom.

CBC Ottawa climatologist Ian Black knows it first-hand. As the guy in charge of delivering all this bad news, he's been feeling the heat from increasingly frustrated residents.

So, we decided to give people a chance to let off some steam. Watch the video below to check out what happened.

Sick of the snow? CBC climatologist Ian Black decided to help people take out their winter weather frustrations. 1:12

Meanwhile, Ottawa Morning host Robyn Bresnahan was also growing tired of delivering bad forecasts.

On Tuesday, well into April and with that dreaded four-letter word — S-N-O-W — in the forecast yet again, she decided she'd had enough.

Sensing Bresnahan was near her breaking point, the show's producers turned to four prominent fill-ins to read the weather for her.

You can hear them below.

Jim Bryson, singer-songwriter

Jim Bryson perked up noticeably between his 7:15 a.m. forecast and the 7:45 a.m. segment.

Turns out he'd been bringing the place down even further, so a listener asked that he turn his frown upside down.

"It's not a great morning when someone on the internet tells you to smile more," he said to explain his mood change.

Jonathan Rose, Ottawa Redblacks defensive back

Jonathan Rose, calling in from his home state of Alabama and perhaps sensing he was speaking to residents of a colder, crankier place, took a more motivational approach.

"If I dampened anyone's day, I'm so sorry — go to your nearest Starbucks or Tim Hortons, get you a nice coffee and attack this day, man," he advised.

"Don't let the snow and the obstacles be bad news for your day."

Liam Smedley, Canadian slalom canoeist

Liam Smedley hasn't let the cold get in the way of his training routine as he eyes a spot in the 2020 Olympics.

"The season opened Saturday. It's usually not the cold that holds us back, just the ice," he noted.

Deanna Young, Ottawa poet laureate

Deanna Young, Ottawa's poet laureate, took a poetic approach to the forecast, naturally.

She called it Ottawa Spring.

Dread at times heavy, mixed with despair
Changing to disillusionment this afternoon
Risk of despondency this morning and early this afternoon
Denial and desperation: amount five to 10 centimetres
Disenchantment northeast 20 km/h gusting to 40
All hope falling to minus one this afternoon
Acceptance minus seven in the afternoon
Vexation index seven, or high

Not impressed

We also asked our Twitter followers for a picture or GIF that sums up their mood in this, the seventh-straight month in which snow has blanketed OItawa.

What's your current mood? Let us know in the comments or tweet us.

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