Springing back to winter?

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People in Clarenville and area woke up Tuesday morning to a rather unpleasant suprise for May, about 15 cm of snow on the ground. According to folklore, May snow is supposed to have medicinal benefits. The archivalmoments.ca website notes, “In this province our ancestors  and government  insisted “May Snow” should be bottled and used as a remedy to cure sore eyes. A brochure printed by the government of Newfoundland in 1955, titled “Historic Newfoundland  and Labrador” stated: “Many old people testify to the efficiency of this strange cure.”

Environment Canada says more snow is expected overnight in some parts of Newfoundland but the weather should clear and be more Spring like towards the end of the week and into the weekend.
Jonathan Parsons photo

Robyn Donovan brushes off her car after an unseasonable snowfall on May 6.

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