As residents of Parksville and Qualicum Beach in B.C. awoke on April 1, they were made aware that Mother Nature definitely has a humorous side. Blooming daffodils and rhododendrons were covered in a thin blanket of snow, thanks to an overnight snowfall.
While Oceanside residents might have been gearing up to play April Fools' Day tricks on their family and friends, few were likely expecting to wake up to a winter wonderland. As witnessed by this reporter, the snow began falling early Sunday morning shortly after April Fools' Day officially began. By the time the sun arose to begin the melting process, Parksville and Qualicum Beach were covered in white thanks to a last minute blast from Old Man Winter. It would appear that Mother Nature and Old Man Winter definitely have a thing going on, if this latest snowfall is any indicator. While residents might have been more likely to be planning a morning stroll along Parksville’s Waterfront Walkway to take in the Brant Festival activities, few would have considered the possibility that they might need to wear their snow boots for the occasion.
According to The Weather Network’s 14-day weather forecast for the area, it would appear that this final blast of winter in Oceanside is indeed the last snowfall for low-lying areas for the season. According to the Drive BC webcam, the main highway to the west side of Vancouver Island was bare and wet as of 1pm on April 1st, plenty of snow was still visible along the roadside of Highway 4 leading to Tofino and Ucluelet. No strangers to the unpredictable weather patterns that frequent the east coast of Vancouver Island, residents of the area were witnessed braving the nip in the air with Sunday strolls in both Qualicum Beach and Parksville. While the Oceanside Tourism’s Qualicum Beach webcam showed that the snow had already melted along the waterfront, their Rathtrevor Beach webcam still showed a slight hint of snow as of 1pm on April Fools' Day.
It is a good thing that weather forecasts are not calling for a further repeat of today’s snowfall in Oceanside. If today’s weather was to make a repeat appearance, the migrating Brant geese just might begin to believe they have already completed their migration to their Arctic destination.
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