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Last Friday was Fort St. John’s snowiest-ever Groundhog Day

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It turns out that Wiarton Willie’s premonition that an early Spring would not be the case after seeing his shadow would ring true for a number of Peace Region communities, as several snowfall records for February 2nd were shattered.

The North Peace Airport weather station recorded a whopping 19.8 centimetres of fluffy white powder last Friday, breaking the single day snowfall record by 2.3 centimetres. The previous record dated to 1971, when the airport saw 17.5 centimetres of snow fall.

In the South Peace, which was under a snowfall warning all day Friday, some areas saw even more snow. The Chetwynd Airport recorded a record 23.0 centimetres of snow last Friday, and the weather station also broke records for most snow on the ground on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Grande Prairie also recorded a record 23.2 centimetres of snow on Friday, breaking a record dating to 1999.

Dawson Creek fared much better than its neighbours, as the weather station only recorded 13.9 millimetres of precipitation, though that was still enough to break a February 2nd precipitation record. The previous record of 11.3 millimetres of precipitation on Groundhog Day also dated to 1999.

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