FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada says we’ve set a new record for snowfall on October 1. On Saturday, Fort St. John received 23 cm of snow with another centimetre on Friday.
The old snowfall record for October 1 was set in 1954 with 6.6 cm of snow.
Almost all the power has been restored in the region after 4,000 customers were without power during the height of the storm Saturday afternoon. Less than five customers are still waiting for Hydro to restore power near Mile 70 of the Alaska Highway.
The heavy snow damaged trees all over the community, leaving residents to clean up branches in yards and streets. There are no reports of any serious damage. If you have photos of the storm, you’d like to share, email firstname.lastname@example.org
— Julie Rogers (@fsjchic) October 1, 2016
The forecast calls for the temperature to improve today to plus 4 and 6 degrees on Monday. Roads in the region remain slippery with slushy sections. For the latest road reports, visit www.drivebc.ca
— Jeff Harrington (@JHarringtonTV) October 1, 2016
Many residents took advantage of the first snowfall by getting outside and enjoying the weather. Local radio station, Moose FM is running a contest to see who can build the best snowman. You can enter the contest now at www.moosefm.ca. Voting will start on Monday and last until Tuesday.
— Karla (@Sun_Luvr) October 1, 2016
Even with all the snow, the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation hosted their first annual Firefly 5km Run/Walk. The City of Fort St. John was able to clear the walking paths for the event. As of early Saturday, the Foundation says the event raised $8,300.