The Fort St. John area is expected to receive a heap of snow within the next day, possibly bringing the December snowfall to above the region’s climate normal.
According to Environment Canada, between 1971 and 2000, the average snowfall for the month was 32.4 centimetres. However, only halfway through the month of December, Fort St. John has already received 23.3 cm of snow which is expected to increase within the next day.
A low pressure system has been forecasted to travel just south of the Peace Region, says Doug Lundquist, B.C. interior warning preparedness meteorologist.
Lundquist says that if the region receives the forecasted amount of snow, it will reach the total snowfall amount normally only seen throughout the whole month.
In terms of total precipitation for December, the Fort St. John area has received an average of 26.5 mm of precipitation between 1971 and 2000.
The precipitation amounts may be higher for this month, but Fort St. John has seen drought-like conditions throughout most of the summer. Only three months so far this year – March, May and October – have had above average precipitation.