Cold Snap Shaping Up to Be One of the Longest on Record
Prince George, B.C. – Numbers out of Environment Canada show the current cold snap gripping Prince George is one of the coldest ever for the month of December.
Meteorologist Ross MacDonald found the following for the top three consecutive days with daytime maximum temperatures below -15C in Prince George:
- 11 days in 1996 from Dec. 21 to Dec. 31
- 10 days in 1983 from Dec.16 to Dec. 25
- 9 days in 1955 from Dec. 13 to Dec. 21
“2008 also had a prolonged cold snap,” he says. “The trick was for one day in the streak the temperature moved up above -15 for one day. If you include that day in between the cold snap streak was 10 days long in 2008.”
As for the current cold snap, he says we had five days below -15 from Dec. 6 to Dec. 10. He says December 11 got to -14.4, breaking the streak.
But he says the forecast for the next six days is daytime maximum temperatures less than -15C.
“Adding to the five days from last week, plus the day where it moved above -15 slightly Sunday, plus the six upcoming days, it would put us at 12 days for the cold snap,” says MacDonald. “Which would be one of the longest.”
MacDonald breaks down the cold snap into two phases.
“We had the initial push of very frigid Arctic air from the Yukon and Alaska come down early last week on December 4th and 5th. The Arctic air settled in across all areas of the province with some of the coldest air being over the central Interior including Prince George,” he says.
“The Arctic air moderated slightly to a daytime maximum climbing over -15 C over this past weekend. However temperatures once again plunged today as a new infusion of Arctic air has once again pushed southward from the Yukon. This second wave of Arctic air will be with us right through the week bringing the total length of the cold snap to nearly two weeks by this coming weekend.”