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I had a wonderfully uplifting weekend weather column in store for you today, but then I looked at Environment Canada's website...

What I'm trying to say here is we are going to get some more sno... some more (very bad word) sn... OK, I think you know what I'm trying to say here.

Maybe it would be easier if you heard it from someone else, someone like my buddy Dale Marciski, a weather expert with Environment Canada.

Here's what Dale told me: "It's the last thing we need, but there's another Alberta clipper low-pressure system that is going to bring us some snow and temperatures well below normal."

Go and grab a box of tissues, because Dale says by the time you read this, there should be about four centimetres of fresh sno... fresh sn... white stuff on your driveway, and we'll probably get one more centimetre later today and Sunday.

"It's not anything big," Dale said in a comforting tone. "It's just a nuisance. We want to get rid of what we have and this is just delaying the snowmelt that much more."

Along with a 60 per cent chance of flurries, today's outlook calls for a bracing high of -1 C, which is way under the normal high of 7 C at this point in what we used to consider spring. On Sunday, we're talking a 30 per cent chance of flurries and a high of -4 C. It should get a touch warmer by Wednesday.

At this point, what you want to know is how unusual it is to have this much snow sitting around in April. My buddy Dale says it's pretty darn unusual.

As of Friday, we still had 38 cm of snow. During the last 30 years, there have been 13 years where we've had no snow at this point in April, and 10 years when there was just a trace.

In the remaining seven years, there was snow, but you have to go back to 1996 and 1997 to find anything greater than what we have today. In 1996, for example, there were 42 cm on the ground on April 4. In 1997, there were 12 cm but later that day we got walloped by a storm that brought the snow cover up to 60 cm in the following days. Good times, eh?

But we will not let a little frozen precipitation prevent us from having fun, such as heading to the convention centre for Piston Ring's 39th World of Wheels auto show featuring awesome vehicles, like three generations of the (be still my heart) iconic Batmobile, including the original 1966 version.

Speaking of icons, while you're at the convention centre, check out the 2013 Central Canada Pop Culture Expo and just maybe get your picture taken with actor Adam West, Batman in the famed '60s TV show, or Burt Ward, who played Robin, or Yvonne Craig, who stole our tiny hearts as Batgirl.

Or become a local hero by taking in the Bud, Spud and Steak event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight at the Area Nightclub at Canad Inns Fort Garry on Pembina Highway in support of Cvet's Pets, the non-profit group created by Bomber long snapper Chris Cvetkovic to help Manitoba's animal-rescue programs. You can meet current CFL players and Bomber alumni.

If you're still feeling really sad, swing by my place. The salt from your tears will help melt the sno... on my driveway.

doug.speirs@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 6, 2013 A2

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