The city of Gander in Newfoundland woke up to several inches of snow Tuesday, despite the calendar confirming that July was just four days away.
Lushman told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. that he has owned his cabin for 18 years and that it has never snowed this late.
A strong storm pulled subfreezing air into Canada’s easternmost province Monday night. Temperatures on the ground were just cold enough for snow to stick to the roads as well as cars and grass. Snowplows were out early Tuesday morning to clean the streets in preparation for the morning commute.
High temperatures are usually in the low 60s in June in Gander, which makes Tuesday’s forecast — 37 degrees — well below normal for this time of year. Still, snow is not unprecedented in June, according to Weather.com, which reports that Gander averages a half-inch of snow in June.
The thing that makes this storm unique is how late in the month it came. According to Rodney Barney, a meteorologist at Environment Canada, Gander reported 2 centimeters of snow at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, which was a record for accumulating snow so late in the season. The previous record was June 14, 1976. Snow depth records date back from 1955, according to Barney.
Gander also got slammed with a late-season snowstorm in May, when more than 14 inches fell. That storm stands in Gander as the second-largest in the months of May or June.
Gander is also about to be smacked with some weather whiplash over the next day. Highs on Wednesday will be in the 60s, and temperatures will be in the 70s by Thursday.
Just a snowy ride on the bus on the last week of the school year. June 26, 2018 in #Gander. #nlwx #nltraffic pic.twitter.com/hvlDHUeLjh— Rodney Barney (@rcbstormpost) June 26, 2018
Apparently snow can stick to the roads in June... this is what the commute is like between Lewisporte and Gander this morning, but closer to Gander! Photo credit: Diane Goodyear#NLwx #nltraffic pic.twitter.com/9iOofxASwq— Eddie Sheerr (@EddieSheerr) June 26, 2018
2cm recorded at Gander Newfoundland and its still snowing #nlwx tarps off bys pic.twitter.com/XEf0cfomYc— Brandon Houck (@HouckisPokisewx) June 26, 2018
Ya can’t make this stuff up. Lol #snow @SkiMarble @CBCNL #nlwx @EddieSheerr @BerniceCBC awesome #steadybrook @weathernetwork pic.twitter.com/pkT8sTl5dC— Donnie O'Keefe (@DonnieOK) June 26, 2018