August in Canada ‘It looks like Christmas’

CBC News reports [emphasis added]:

Posted: August 19, 2019

Residents in northeastern B.C. woke up to winter in August on the weekend.

“It looks like February. The trees are completely covered,” said Melody Magaton, owner of the Buffalo Inn in Pink Mountain, located 190 kilometres north of Fort St. John.

“It looks like Christmas, all that’s missing is the Christmas lights and the trees.”

While it’s not entirely uncommon for towns in higher elevations to receive snow in August, getting a big dump of it is very unusual, said CBC meteorologist Brett Soderholm.


While there is no official figure on how much snow fell in the Pink Mountain area on Sunday and Monday, Magaton estimates there’s over half a metre on the ground. Records on historical August snowfall in the remote area are also not available.

Magaton said she is used to seeing snow every month of the year, but not this much in the summer.

I was out in two feet of snow yesterday, trying to cut all my lilies,” she said. “The garden is just done

“In general, this would not be a very common thing to have in the middle of August,” said Soderholm.

The highest recorded snowfall Fort Nelson has received in August was five centimetres of snow on August 27, 1991.

According to Environment Canada, between 1981 and 2010, the average snowfall for August was 0.6 centimetres in the northern B.C. community.

This weekend’s snowfall was caused by a storm over the northern prairies that brought “very cold” arctic air in contact with moisture from Pacific, explained Soderholm.

“When you combine those two things that’s a very classic setup to get lots of big fluffy snowflakes,” he said.

What was unusual is just how much cold air was able to come down into the Peace region.”

H/t Darcy Meyers

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