Saturday’s snowfall broke a 67 year old record according to Environment Canada.
Forecaster Cindy Yu says we are also flirting with breaking a monthly record for snowfall this February noting more snow fell on Saturday than the normal monthly average.
“So 15.4 centimetres of snow. It was the snowiest February 17th on record. The previous record was 7.6 centimetres set on February 17th back in 1951.”
Environment Canada’s David Philips says all this snow is a good sign for the summer ahead.
“It is telling me that it is not going to be a wildfire season this year. With all that moisture in the bank, I mean you can’t guarantee it, but at least it gives you a better chance this year at this time than you had last year at this time. My sense is there may be a little pain now but in the long run it may be a good thing to help to restore groundwater. The forests will probably be well watered.”
Philips says we have seen 70% more snow this winter than normal and since October a 50% increase in usual rainfall.