Fort St. John breaks multiple weather records

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John broke multiple daily weather records over the Easter long weekend, according to Environment Canada.

On April 18th, Fort St. John broke the record for the greatest snowfall on this date at 17 centimetres.

Starting on April 11th, the city broke the lowest temperature records through the 18th, only skipping the 16th.

According to Environment Canada meteorologist Derek Lee, it is expected to snow another five to ten centimetres Tuesday, tapering off around midnight.

Lee adds that springtime in B.C. is always unpredictable.

“We’re dealing with, not full-blown systems, and we’re dealing with more of that unstable air map, which ends up bringing flurries. It’s quite rare to see so much snowfall for the Peace region in April,” said Lee.

He also adds that the wind direction dictates what the weather will do, with a northwest flow being colder and a west flow being warmer air.

“Lately, it’s just unfortunate that we’ve been seeing a lot of that Northwest flow in the region, which brings in Arctic air instead of that warmer Pacific air.”

He says the snow will be short-lived because the temperatures should be warming up Wednesday, gradually increasing into the weekend.

“Moving closer to the weekend, we’ll start warming up quite a bit, and it will be quite significant,” Lee said.

“On Sunday, we are forecasting a high of 12 for the area. So the Peace region will definitely warm up then. And when it’s 12 degrees, we’re trending back more to that normal temperature as we continue into next week.”

A snowfall warning is still in effect for the Peace region.

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