This year is record-breaking for anomalous weather events.
Following destructive hurricanes in the Caribbeans, wild forest fires in California and up to the border with Canada, now British Columbia is hit by record-breaking that broke an almost 10-year record on October 24, 2017.
The record-breaking snowfall knocked out power to thousands of customers Tuesday and shut down bus routes in northeast B.C.
According to Environment Canada, 23.0 cm fell in Fort St. John, beating the previous daily high of 15.2 centimetres on October 24, 1933. An additional 32 centimetres fell on the city Wednesday morning for a total of 55 centimetres. That came close to but didn’t break the old [October 25] record of 35.6 centimetres set in 1918.
All city buses in Fort St. John were cancelled until 1 pm, waiting for snow ploughs to clear the roads. All school buses in Peace River North and South, which include Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Chetwynd, have been cancelled. Schools remain open.
Snowstorms knocked out power to more than 5,000 customers in the region.
On the highways, DriveBC is reporting heavy slush, compact snow and slippery sections through the Pine Pass and on roads throughout the northeast. A mutli-vehicle incident 23 kilometres north of Fort St. John reduced traffic to single-lane alternating.
Not much more snow is expected, as a high pressure ridge brings warmer weather to the region.