Record snowfall takes Canadian city by surprise

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“Williams Lake has never seen more snow fall in a 24-hour period than it did last Friday between Nov. 15 and Nov. 16,” says this article in the Williams Lake Tribune.

Read that again: “never seen more snow fall in a 24-hour period.”

The Williams Lake Airport received 51 cm (20 inches), with the next highest being the Coquihalla Summit where they received 35 cm (14 inches), and Allison Pass which received 32 cm (13½ inches).

The large snowfall took the city by surprise, said Kevin Goldfuss, director of municipal services.

“Who would have thought that we’d get such a major snow fall on Nov. 15?” asked Goldfuss. “Our day shift arrived at 5 a.m. to find eight to 10 inches of snow on the ground.”

More than 7,000 homes in the Williams Lake area lost power due to the heavy snowfall, said BC Hydro community relations co-ordinator Dave Mosure.

According to Environment Canada, the highest recorded snow fall for Williams Lake to date had been 42.7 cm on Jan. 7, 1961.

Williams Lake is a city in the Central Interior of British Columbia, Canada, says Wikipedia. It is the largest urban center between Kamloops and Prince George,

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

2 thoughts on “Record snowfall takes Canadian city by surprise”

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