Halloween snowstorm caps off coldest October on record in Fort St. John

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – While the snow that fell on Monday night put a slight damper on Halloween across the Peace Region, it also completed the theme of what ended up being the coldest October on record in Fort St. John.

Environment Canada’s Ross MacDonald says that starting at around 7:00 p.m. on Monday, and continuing until midday on November 1st, a total of seven centimetres fell at the North Peace Airport weather station. MacDonald says that though the accumulations were not enough to meet Environment Canada’s Snowfall Warning of 10 centimetres of accumulation in a 12 hour timeframe, the snow was heavy enough to cause a number of headaches for motorists yesterday morning.

MacDonald says that the snow capped off an unseasonably cold month. Starting with the record 23 centimetres of snow that fell on October 1st, Fort St. John had the coldest and one of the wettest months on record. Over the 31 days, the average temperature at the North Peace Airport was -1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to the normal October average temperature of 3.6 degrees. That’s a drop of 5 degrees.

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Precipitation-wise including both rain and snow, the airport weather station recorded a total of 77.9 millimetres of precipitation. Compared to the average of 30.8mm, the amount just shy of 78 millimetres of precipitation ranks October 2016 as the 3rd wettest on record in the Energetic City.

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