Record-breaking snowfall, low maximum temperatures hit British Columbia

Record-breaking snowfall, low maximum temperatures hit British Columbia

Environment Canada says the first Arctic front of the season moved across British Columbia on Thursday, November 2, 2017, bringing a blast of cold air, strong winds and the first snowfall of the season. As of early November 7, one person is missing.

Cranbrook set a new record of 20 cm (7.87 inches) on Friday, November 3, breaking the old record of 15.7 cm (6.18 inches) set in 1984, GlobalNews reported.

On the same day, both Cumberland and Chilliwack were hit with their earliest November snowfall in more than 29 years.

Chilliwack, the 7th largest city in B.C., also experienced its heaviest November snowfall in more than 29 years, with 10 cm (3.93 inches) falling up to 18:00 local time, and registered its new daily record low maximum temperature. With 0.9 °C (33.6 °F), the city broke its previous record of 4.4 °C (39.9 °F) set in 1919. The last November snowfall in Chilliwack happened six years ago, when 10 cm fell on November 17, 2011.

Vancouver Police reported the West End man, aged 24, went missing on November 2 after he went hiking on the day the weather turned bad.

"There is a grave concern at this point," North Shore Rescue team leader Mike Danks said Monday, November 6. "We are still treating this as a rescue operation but I think there’s certainly some things that are not working in his favor and that’s the lack equipment that he had, the lack of knowledge of the area, and of course the time of (the) season."

As reported by Environment Canada, and archived by Ice Age Now, November 3 brought many new record low maximum temperatures to southern British Columbia:

Abbotsford
New record 1.8 °C (35.2 °F)
Old record 6.5 °C (43.7 °F) set in 1990
Records in this area have been kept since 1944

Agassiz
New record 0.9 °C (33.6 °F)
Old record 5.5 °C (41.9 °F) set in 1994
Records in this area have been kept since 1889

Blue River
New record -2.0 °C (28.4 °F)
Old record -1.7 °C (28.9 °F) set in 1961
Records in this area have been kept since 1946

Cache Creek
New record -3.2 °C (26.2 °F)
Old record -1.1 °C (30.0 °F) set in 1973
Records in this area have been kept since 1912

Campbell River
New record 4.0 °C (39.2 °F)
Old record 4.6 °C (40.3 °F) set in 1994
Records in this area have been kept since 1958

Chilliwack
New record 0.9 °C (33.6 °F)
Old record 4.4 °C (39.9 °F) set in 1919
Records in this area have been kept since 1881

Clearwater
New record -3.9 °C (25.0 °F)
Old record -1.1 °C (30.0 °F) set in 1935
Records in this area have been kept since 1913

Clinton
New record -11.3 °C (11.7 °F)
Old record -6.7 (19.9 °F) set in 1973
Records in this area have been kept since 1973

Comox
New record 4.0 °C (39.2 °F)
Old record 5.0 °C (41.0 °F) set in 1919
Records in this area have been kept since 1914

Hope
New record -0.4 °C (31.3 °F)
Old record 4.5 °C (40.1 °F) set in 1994
Records in this area have been kept since 1936

Kamloops
New record -4.7 °C (23.5 °F)
Old record -2.2 °C (28.0 °F) set in 1935
Records in this area have been kept since 1890

Kelowna
New record -4.2 °C (24.4 °F)
Old record 1.0 °C (33.8 °F) set in 1994
Records in this area have been kept since 1899

Lillooet
New record -3.2 °C (26.2 °F)
Old record -1.1 °C (30.0 °F) set in 1935
Records in this area have been kept since 1881

Lytton
New record -2.7 °C (27.1 °F)
Old record 0.0 °C (32.0 °F) set in 1935
Records in this area have been kept since 1921

Merritt
New record -5.9 °C (21.4 °F)
Old record -3.9 °C (25.0 °F) set in 1935
Records in this area have been kept since 1918

Nanaimo
New record 5.0 °C (41.0 °F)
Old record 5.6 °C (42.1 °F) set in 1994
Records in this area have been kept since 1892

Osoyoos
New record 0.6 °C (33.1 °F)
Old record 4.0 °C (39.2 °F) set in 1994
Records in this area have been kept since 1954

Penticton
New record -2.2 °C (28.0 °F)
Old record 1.1 °C (34.0 °F) set in 1919
Records in this area have been kept since 1907

Pitt Meadows
New record 4.8 °C (40.6 °F)
Old record 6.1 °C (43.0 °F) set in 1919
Records in this area have been kept since 1874

Port Hardy
New record 3.9 °C (39.0 °F)
Old record 4.4 °C (39.9 °F) set in 1973
Records in this area have been kept since 1944

Powell River
New record 4.3 °C (39.7 °F)
Old record 5.0 °C (41.0 °F) set in 1994
Records in this area have been kept since 1924

Princeton
New record -7.0 °C (19.4 °F)
Old record -1.7 °C (28.9 °F) set in 1919
Records in this area have been kept since 1893

Revelstoke
New record 0.0 °C (32.0 °F)
Old record 0.6 °C (33.1 °F) set in 1961
Records in this area have been kept since 1898

Salmon Arm
New record -2.7 °C (27.1 °F)
Old record 0.6 °C (33.1 °F) set in 1919
Records in this area have been kept since 1893

Sechelt
New record 5.0 °C (41.0 °F)
Old record 6.0 °C (42.8 °F) set in 2003
Records in this area have been kept since 1956

Sparwood
New record -8.0 °C (17.6 °F)
Old record -5.0 °C (23.0 °F) set in 1973
Records in this area have been kept since 1969

Squamish
New record 3.4 °C (38.1 °F)
Old record 4.0 °C (39.2 °F) set in 1994
Records in this area have been kept since 1960

Summerland
New record -4.0 °C (-24.8 °F)
Old record 0.6 °C (33.1 °F) set in 1935
Records in this area have been kept since 1907

Vancouver
New record 5.0 °C (41.0 °F)
Old record 6.7 °C (44.1 °F) set in 1935
Records in this area have been kept since 1896

Vernon
New record -5.1 °C (22.8 °F)
Old record -2.2 °C (28.0 °F) set in 1935
Records in this area have been kept since 1900

Victoria Hartland and University
New record 4.4 °C (39.9 °F)
Old record 5.0 °C (41.0 °F) set in 1919
Records in this area have been kept since 1874
Airport did not set a record

Whistler
New record -4.0 °C (24.8 °F)
Old record -0.3 °C (31.5 °F) set in 1994
Records in this area have been kept since 1950

White Rock
New record 2.8 °C (37.0 °F)
Old record 6.7 °C (44.1 °F) set in 1935
Records in this area have been kept since 1929

Yoho National Park
New record -11.1 °C (12.0 °F)
Old record -9.6 °C (14.7 °F) set in 2003
Records in this area have been kept since 1923

Featured image: Snow in Chilliwack, B.C., Canada on the afternoon of November 3, 2017. Credit: Janien Summers (via GlobalNews)

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