Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer
March 23, 2011 — The calendar says spring, but winter is still holding on in parts of northern Ontario.
It was a winter to remember for people in Ontario's Nickel Belt region. The city of North Bay received nearly 100 cm more than the 2009/2010 season. And now, many of the cities residents are ready for it to go away.
“I just think it’s a little bit too long, I hate winter anyways,” said Sylvain Leblond.
“It’s a little bit crazy but we get used to it here,” said Dave Heaney. “I thought everything would be gone as well with the rain and everything. You just cant let it affect you up here. If your mood depends on the weather it’s the wrong place to be.”
In February, people living in the area got an early taste of spring. Temperatures were mild and snow was melting. However, in March, the winter season came back in full force. Now, residents have already been using their shovels and snowblowers nearly a month longer than last year.
Still, not everyone is complaining about the snowy weather. Trish Pecore is a local ski hill manager in North Bay. She says the extended winter season is good for business.
“It's still not nearly as snowy as I remember growing up, but certainly more traditional winter weather.”
For a closure look at the weather conditions across northern Ontario, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.