Just as Toronto’s boys of summer return from spring training in Florida, Jack Frost will pay the city another snowy visit.
In time for the first Blue Jays game of the season against the Detroit Tigers, yesterday’s sunshine is gone, replaced by a steady rainfall that is expected to turn to snow by the middle of this afternoon.
“We’re one of the few teams that’s ready for (bad weather),” said the Jays’ VP Communications, Jay Stenhouse, thanks to the Rogers’ Centre’s retractable dome, which will keep players and a projected 40,000 fans sheltered from the bad weather during tonight’s game.
Compared to the heavy snowfalls that have blanketed the city this winter, today’s 5 centimetres of snow and 15 millimetres of rain will be comparatively light.
“It’s part of the normal variation that we get,” said Rob Kuhn, an Environment Canada meteorologist. “I’ve seen this happen many times.”
He said that because spring came early this year, Toronto was in for another taste of winter before the weather warms up for good.
The snow will be accompanied by a dip in temperatures — from yesterday’s high of 10C to about 1C this morning. The temperature will hover just above the freezing mark for most of the day, before slipping to about –3C by tonight.
The low temperatures will stick around tomorrow, accompanied by occasional flurries and cold winds, before the mercury starts a slow, upward climb for the rest of the week.