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Weekend snowfall breaks record in northeastern B.C., with 23 centimetre dump

October 03, 2016 - 11:22 AM

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Residents in northeastern British Columbia are enjoying a slight respite from snowy weather, but flurries could return Tuesday as winter makes an unseasonably early appearance in the area.

Environment Canada data shows the record for heaviest Oct. 1 snowfall in the area was smashed Saturday as a nasty storm gripped the region.

Fort St. John received 23 centimetres of snow, easily erasing the old record of 6.6 centimetres set in 1954.

At the height of the storm, more than 4,000 customers were without power but most of the lights were back on within a few hours.

Transportation Minister Todd Stone launched British Columbia's Shift Into Winter campaign Monday to update motorists on winter driving tips.

As of Oct. 1, approved winter tires are required to travel on the Sea-to-Sky Highway and most other B.C. highways beyond the Lower Mainland. (MooseFM)

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