Spring arrives early with unseasonable warmth
Beth Macdonell, CTV Winnipeg
Published Sunday, March 15, 2015 4:47PM CST
Last Updated Monday, March 16, 2015 11:30AM CST
Spring doesn't officially start until Friday, but people in Winnipeg are already getting into the swing of the season.
On Saturday, Winnipeg broke a record high standing for more than 30 years. At 13.2 C, the temperature smashed the 11.4 C record set in 1981.
On Sunday, the temperature remained well above normal, with a high forecast for 13 C again.
Stony Mountain Ski Area held their earliest ever Splash Cup on Sunday - a chance for skiers and snowboarders to say goodbye to winter by sliding through puddles.
"Don't tell anybody, I'd rather 12 months of winter, but you know it's a short summer, and the next transition, will be riding bike and swimming in lakes," said Robert Paige of Stony Mountain Ski Area.
In Winnipeg, people got an early taste of spring with a cone of ice cream.
Some people went out for a morning stroll when they found out Bridge Drive-In had already opened for the season.
"We're glad to finally shake it off and go for a bit of a walk,” said Steve May.
BDI says the warm March temperatures allowed them to open about two weeks earlier than normal. Over on Corydon Avenue, preparations for patio season are underway.
Bar Italia hosed down chairs and set up tables along the popular urban strip.
And at Shooters Family Golf Centre on north Main Street, you'll already find a busy driving range.
Golfers are happily swinging away.
"Probably six (weeks) ahead of schedule, and snows all gone, and hockey rinks is all melted, and time to play some golf," said Gary Kwiecien.
Staff say once that spring feeling hits, there's demand to open.
"It's pretty close to the earliest we've ever open. Last year, we didn't open until April people in Winnipeg have the golfers itch. They want to itch," said Amy Cerasani of Shooters Family Golf Centre.
Shooters say Winnipeggers can expect to hit the proper greens before the end of the month.