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Thanks February, we've already got enough snow for the month

February 06, 2017 - 1:12 PM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - If it feels like you shovelled a month worth of snow in the past two days, you're right.

From Feb. 3 to 5 Kelowna accumulated 21.8 cm of snow; Penticton had 12 cm, Vernon nearly 18, though Environment Canada reporting on that is incomplete. In Kamloops records haven’t been submitted yet, Environment Canada meteorologist Alyssa Charbonneau says, but on Friday alone 8 cm fell.

In all four cities, that’s more than the average for the entire month of February. In Kelowna the most of any single day was 10.2 cm on Feb. 3, which was close to the 11.4 cm record for that day. However, the average for February in Kelowna is 10.8 cm.

“When you look at the one-day amounts that fell they weren’t very close to one-day extremes,” she says. “When you add them together that’s more than you normally get in the month.”

The numbers may go up a little higher, she says, as not all reports are in from the weekend, though no significant increase is expected.

In both Kelowna and Kamloops commercial flights have been cancelled and delayed. Kamloops airport manager Fred Legace says that’s due to weather in the cities flights are coming from.

“My suspicion is that it’s issues out of Vancouver and Calgary,” he says. “Calgary got just massively pounded yesterday.”

In Kamloops he says the skies and asphalt are clear for the runway.

Snowfall records are falling on the south coast, though, Charbonneau says. Vancouver broke its Feb. 3 record with 12 cm in one day, beating 1946’s 10.7 cm. Abbotsford had significantly more though, with 20 cm both Feb. 4 and 5, exceeding records 50 years old.

Meanwhile Sparwood, in the Kootenays, may disappear soon, as it got more than 60 cm today alone. It’s one day record of all time was Dec. 3, 1980 when 65 cm fell.

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