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Fort St. John gets March average snowfall amount in just over 24 hours, breaks two snowfall records

Good Samaritans help a stuck motorist in Fort St. John on March 2nd. Photo by Chris Newton
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Though The Weather Network said earlier this week that Spring would arrive late to the Peace Region, their prediction of precipitation amounts being near-normal has all but vanished.

According to Environment Canada meteorologist Cindy Yu, the single-day snowfall record in Fort St. John for March 1st was shattered Thursday. The North Peace Airport weather station recorded 17.8 centimetres of snow yesterday, breaking the previous March 1st snowfall record of 7.1 cms which dated to 1964.

Yu said that as of 7:00 Friday morning, another roughly 10 cms of snow has fallen at the airport, breaking the previous March 2nd snowfall record of 8.6 cms that was set in 1997. Since the snow began falling early Thursday morning, Yu said that a total of 27 centimetres had fallen at the airport by 7:00 a.m. Friday, which is just one centimetre shy of the monthly average of 28 centimetres of snow. However, Yu said that the Energetic City is likely to see more snow throughout the day Friday.

Around the Peace Region, the winter storm that was caused by a Pacific frontal system colliding with an Arctic airmass caused a large variation of snowfall accumulations. Yu said that the Dawson Creek Airport only recorded minimal snowfall on Thursday, and only three centimetres of snow had fallen in the Mile Zero City between midnight and 7:00 a.m. The Chetwynd Airport has also only recorded one centimetre of snow as of 7:00 a.m.

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However, Yu said that a gas station in Tumbler Ridge recorded between 20 and 30 centimetres of snow. She also said a Ministry of Transportation weather station at the intersection of Highway 97 and the Braden Road recorded 40 centimetres of snow, but only 6 mm precipitation. Yu explained that most of the snow measurement there was likely due to drifting snow.

The winter storm warning that was in effect in the Peace has now ended, but Environment Canada says that another 7 centimetres of snow is forecast to fall in Fort St. John before Saturday afternoon.

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