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A Mild Winter Means No Race


February 17, 2010 — It's been one of the mildest winters in Labrador and because of that the 2010 Cain's Quest has been cancelled.

Cain's Quest is the ultimate snowmobiling cross country race. Every year, teams of two take a 2,000 kilometre trek across the back country of Labrador.

But this year is a different story.

Mild temperatures and a lack of snow this winter has lead to dangerous ice conditions and open waters. And this comes as big surprise to residents in the region.

Normally at this time of year conditions are safe enough for the quest.

'It's been mild to say the least,' says The Weather Network's Meterologist Brian Dillon.'That's with the blocking high over the North Atlantic. There's a big storm, a lot of wind and then a rain storm to follow. Not to mention temperatures along the coast have been above zero and up to four degrees at some points this winter. The mild air is bringing different kinds of precipitation, not just snow. There's been rain, freezing rain and fog and the ice is definitely not thick enough for snowmobiles to cross over lakes.'

Todd Kent is the Co-Chairperson for the event and he says although they never expected this to happen in Labrador, they aren't letting it dampen their spirits for the next trek. 'We are already planning for next year and it will be bigger and better than ever...with a normal winter of course.'

For more information on the weather in Labrador tune into The Weather Network on TV. The national forecast airs at the top and bottom of each hour.

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