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Vancouver snowfall record shattered in Friday's snowstorm

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Jenni Sheppard Feb 06, 2017 4:11 am 43,806

You weren’t imagining it – the snowstorm which began Friday dumped a record amount of powder on Vancouver, according to Environment Canada.

Preliminary estimates reckon a huge 12 cm of snow fell on Vancouver on Friday, breaking the previous record of 10.7 cm back in 1946.

OK, we know it’s not anything like the depths of white stuff they get in Toronto or Montreal, but hey, we’ll take it as that’s a 71-year record!

More snow records were broken around British Columbia this weekend too.

Notably, Abbotsford got 20 cm of snow on both Saturday and Sunday, breaking the old records for those dates of 7.6 cm set in 1957, and 11.9 cm set in 1949, respectively.

Meanwhile, in Sparwood, Monday’s record has already been broken, with a whopping 60 cm of snow falling since midnight already today.

That’s more than three times the old daily record of 18.3 cm, set in 1999. Imagine the powder hitting nearby Fernie right now.

Here’s the full rundown of the snowfall records beaten in BC over the past few days, according to Environment Canada:

Friday, February 3

Vancouver
New record of 12.0 cm
Old record of 10.7 set in 1946
Records started in 1939

Castlegar
New record of 12.6 cm
Old record of 11.4 set in 1918
Records started in 1917

Powell River
New record of 28.0 cm
Old record of 8.0 set in 1996
Records started in 1954

Sparwood
New record of 12.0 cm
Old record of 11.2 set in 1999
Records started in 1981

Saturday, February 4

Abbotsford
New record of 20.0 cm
Old record of 7.6 set in 1957
Records started in 1945

Campbell River
New record of 26.0 cm
Old record of 7.2 set in 2008
Records started in 1936

Castlegar
New record of 6.4 cm
Old record of 6.0 set in 1996
Records started in 1917

Comox
New record of 12.6 cm
Old record of 3.6 set in 1996
Records started in 1945

Powell River
New record of 11.8 cm
Old record of 1.0 set in 2008
Records started in 1954

Sunday, February 5

Abbotsford
New record of 20.0 cm
Old record of 11.9 set in 1949
Records started in 1945

Cranbrook
New record of 18.4 cm
Old record of 7.6 in 1937
Records started in 1933

Monday, February 6

Sparwood
Snowfall of 60 cm since midnight (and counting) *unofficial
beats the old daily record of 18.3 set in 1999
Records started in 1969

Cranbrook
Snowfall of 23 cm since midnight (and counting) *unofficial
beats the old daily record of 20.3 set in 1933
Records started in 1933

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Jenni Sheppard
Jenni is a former Senior Staff Writer at Daily Hive. Happy Vancouverite. Traveller, snowboarder, foodie, film fan, feminist, geek, cheesemaker, curler.

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