It arrived at 3:45 p.m. Friday afternoon and by the end of Saturday, the local airport weather station had received nearly as much snow in the first two days of spring as it had in the last 19 days of winter.

The Friday to Saturday total was 10 centimetres, compared to 10.5 for the rest of March, and left the monthly total at 20.5 centimetres.

That has put the airport station back on pace to equal the monthly norm, and it was also enough to push the month-to-date precipitation total to 25.1 millimetres, making this the seventh consecutive month of above average precipitation in this area.

The March precipitation norm is 23.7 millimetres, and the snowfall norm is 28 .7 centimetres.

Thus the airport station had also recorded 72 per cent of the March snowfall average through yesterday – or 71 per cent of the month.

When discussing the area’s weird weather, it is also worth noting the one day that local extremes for March were actually higher than the full monthly averages –  extending back more than sixty years.

On March 10th of 1954, the airport station posted snowfall and precipitation totals of 31.5 centimetres and 31.5 millimetres, and this is something that’s not a March exclusive in this area with the month of May being the classic example.

Its precipitation and snowfall averages are 39.7 millimetres, and only 6.4 centimetres – but on the 27th in 1979, it posted 49.8 millimetres of precipitation –and nearly two decades before that – on the 22nd in 1960, it recorded a whopping 47.8 centimetres of snow – which still stands as the overall one day Fort St. John snowfall record.