Many eastern Canadians got their first true taste of winter early Monday as a storm spread snow, sleet and freezing rain from central Ontario to southern Quebec.
Widespread snowfall of 15-30 cm by Tuesday was forecast for a wide swathe of Quebec and Labrador.
Montrealers arose to several centimeters of new snow, capped by a layer of glaze. Forecasters warned of a slow morning commute, even though the temperature crept above freezing.
In nearby Ottawa, residents awoke to freezing rain, which also glazed over an accumulation of snow.
Snow spread down the St. Lawrence Valley, dusting Quebec City by daybreak. The city was bracing for up to 15 cm of snow, topped with sleet and freezing rain.
Snow also was also getting underway in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, where prospects were also for a switchover to sleet, ice and rain across the Maritime provinces.
Meanwhile, in spite of a little sleet and freezing rain at the outset, residents of Toronto and southern Ontario's populous "Golden Horseshoe," were spared any lasting wintry weather. Instead, a plain cold rain dominated.
The culprit in the wintry weather was a storm cutting across the Great Lakes from the midwestern U.S. The storm dumped up to 30 cm of snow in Minnesota and South Dakota, shutting at least one major highway on Sunday.
The Canadian share of the storm's heavy snow was being directed north of the major cities, with up to 30 cm slated for central and northeastern Quebec.
The plum rains are known as "meiyu" in China, the "baiyu" or "tsuyu" in Japan, and the "jangma" in the Koreas. The heart of the plum rain season stretches from early June to mid-July, with a tendency to shift south to north across the affected area.
In the wake of the mid-June cloudbursts, most of Pakistan to northwestern India last week saw a return to dry, hot weather typical of the weeks leading up to the Monsoon onset. It was as if the Monsoon withdrew to its "normal" position for the latter half of June.
The 38.5 degree C (101 degrees F) reading Tuesday in Ajaccio, Corsica, may have been tops in Europe.
Monsoon Onset was June 13th, 2013, in Delhi, almost two weeks earlier than average. The June 15th onset at Karachi and Islamabad was more like three week ahead of schedule.
In Pakistan, hit-or-miss downpours missed the Sindh capital, Karachi. One did hit Pad Idan, where it left 60 mm of rain Wednesday. This was more than 20 times greater than the normal June rainfall.
It is still possible that this scenario is over wrought as to the intensity and spread of rain in Pakistan and northwestern India. However, it is the hunch of the present forecaster that some very unusual weather is going to unfold in the Subcontinent during the next week!