“Up to 90 cm (3 feet) of snow fell in Norway House and Gods Lake Narrows Monday, likely a new Manitoba record for single-day snowfall,” says this article in the Winnipeg Sun.
“The numbers aren’t official, but people have called in the 90 cm count — which Natalie Hasell, a warning preparedness meterologist with Environment Canada, says appears to beat out a 76.2 cm one-day snowfall in Dauphin for Manitoba’s record.”
Previous record only a third of what fell on Monday
“To compare, the biggest one-day snowfall Norway House has on record was just 25.4 cm in 1975 — about a third of what fell Monday. Winnipeg beats that by a bit, with a one-day dump of 38.1 cm March 4, 1935.”
Snow drifts up to five and six feet tall
“Snow drifts up to five and six feet tall — taller than the average person, here,” said Hasell.
“A wide band of central and northern Manitoba was hit, but other communities only saw one or two feet of snow at once —still enough to count for a record.”
“Highways were closed up north — the idea that you have snow drifts that are six feet tall is quite amazing,” Hasell said.
Norway House — an eight-hour drive north of Winnipeg — has only ever recorded 96 cm of snow on the ground at one time.
“A snowfall for Norway House of 60-90 cm didn’t happen, for the period (we have recorded),” Hasell said. “These amounts of snow for a 24-hour period is really quite significant.”
“Just lots and lots of snow,” laughed town resident Florence Keam. “It was unbelievable. I’ve never seen anything like that. I mean, we’ve had storms before — but nothing that big.”
Hasell says that more snow warnings — are coming, soon.
Unofficial snowfall totals for Monday, Dec. 3, 2012:
- Norway House 60-90 cm
- Gods Lake Narrows 60-90 cm
- Island Lake 60 cm
- Oxford House 45 cm
- Cross Lake 30-40 cm
- Gillam 35 cm
- Grand Rapids 30 cm
- The Pas 30 cm
- Mafeking 23 cm
Top 10 snowfall records:
- 76.2 cm in Dauphin on Nov. 18, 1906
- 76 cm in Virden on April 19, 1992
- 71.1 cm in Minnedosa on Feb. 12, 1938
- 70 cm in Dugald on Feb. 4, 1984
- 66 cm in Gretna on Jan. 21, 1899
- 65.5 cm in Deerwood, March 14, 1971
- 65 cm in Rivers, Feb. 26, 1969
- 63.5 cm in Souris, Feb. 26, 1969
- 61 cm in York Factory on April 27, 1914
- 61 cm in Minnedosa, April 15, 1924
Three of northern Manitoba’s biggest snowfalls:
- Thompson: 45.7 cm on Oct. 6, 1970
- Flin Flon: 39.4 cm on April 29, 1973
- The Pas: 39.3 cm on March 21, 1962
— Source: Environment Canada
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