Way More Snow in Fraser Valley than PG this Winter
Prince George, B.C. – Fresh numbers out of Environment Canada confirm what many people in the northern Interior may have already suspected – the Fraser Valley has been hit by a lot more snowfall than Prince George.
Looking at the months of December, January, and February (up until Feb. 27), meteorologist Alyssa Charbonneau says Prince George received 92.5 centimetres of snow (about a third of that fell over two days earlier this month) – a lot less than the 131 centimetres recorded in Abbotsford.
“Their normal for those three months is 43.6 centimetres compared to a normal of about 100 centimetres in Prince George. In fact, February has been the snowiest on record for Abbotsford with 80.9 centimetres this month.”
As for Vancouver, she says 63.4 centimetres of snow fell compared to a normal three-month average of 32.
When it comes to average temperatures, Charbonneau says all three regions were below normal – especially in Prince George.
“We saw several arctic outbreaks that brought cold, crisp air right across the whole province. So, when I look at December, January, and February Prince George was below normal temperature all three of those months.
“The average in December was minus 12.2, well below the normal of minus 7.2. The average in January was minus 11.4 compared to the normal of minus 7.9 while the average in February was minus 7.3 compared to the normal of minus 5.”