Fort St. John passes record December snowfall

So, with the forecast calling for from five to 10 centimetres more today, and an initial monitor giving us about three of them prior to 8 a.m., the month-to-date total is past 120 centimetres. That means the 33 year old 1980 record of 118.3 is now history, and before the month is over, we could be well past it.

Sunday’s snowfall and precipitation also smashed the previous records, as the 15.8 centimetres of snow beat the 8.9 received on December 29, 1988, and the 15.8 millimetres of precipitation was nearly triple the 5.8 received in 1962.

That put the five day holiday weekend total beginning on Christmas Day at 34 centimetres, and during the same period the airport weather station recorded an estimated 35.4 millimetres of precipitation, including 2.1 millimetres of rain.

The month-to-date precipitation total through yesterday was unofficially 117.4 millimetres, and given that’s 31.7 more than the amount posted in December of 1980, that too could be a new record. However, we need to do some more work with Environment Canada before we make that declaration and start by confirming what the record amount is and when it was set. 

What is certain at this time is, travel conditions leave a lot to be desired, and according to Environment Canada there are a couple of areas you’d likely do well to avoid. One is the Pine Pass where up to 20 centimetres of snow is expected by this evening, and the other is the Alberta Peace where a snowfall warning is in place calling for 10 to 20 centimetres by tomorrow morning.