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Kamloops broke a 67-year-old snowfall record on Saturday

Many were calling it Snowmageddon in Kamloops this past weekend, and it turns out the title was well deserved.

It was the snowiest Feb. 17 since 1951, according to Environment Canada. Snow started falling around 4 a.m. on Saturday and didn’t let up until around 8 p.m., amounting to 15.4 centimetres at the airport and annihilating the previous Environment Canada record of 7.6 centimetres set in 1951.

Higher elevations in Aberdeen likely saw around 25 centimeters of snow.

In fact, we are having one of the snowiest Februaries on record. Environment Canada meteorologist Lisa West said so far this month Kamloops has seen 37.6 centimetres of snow compared to the monthly average of eight centimetres.

“Typically February actually sees very little snow,” West said. “We are well above average for February.”

On the opposite end, we are well below averages for temperatures typical for this time of year in Kamloops. Monday’s forecasted high of -5 degrees is a far cry from the average daytime high of 4.5, and the nighttime low of -16 today is more than 10 degrees off from the typical nighttime low of -3.8. Brr!

And the cold temperatures aren’t going to let up until the weekend.

“We are mainly looking dry but cold." West said.

"We have an arctic air mass in place over the province and there are going to be a few weak disturbances that move through on Tuesday and again on Wednesday, bringing a mix of sun and clouds, but we’re not expecting any precipitation with those as of now.

“The main story is we are going to remain well below normal in terms of temperatures.”

<who>Photo credit: Environment Canada</who>

Highs below zero and some lows into negative teens will persist until Saturday, when Kamloops will see a high of 2 degrees.

Did you enjoy the most recent dump of snow, or are you ready for spring? Let us know in the comments!

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