Snow expected to keep flying

If you feel you’re clearing your driveway or brushing off your car more this January than last, you probably are.

  • Jan. 14, 2011 10:00 a.m.
Dalyce Dobson clears off the snow from her vehicle Thursday morning in downtown Williams Lake. The snow kept falling all day and is expected to keep coming today

Dalyce Dobson clears off the snow from her vehicle Thursday morning in downtown Williams Lake. The snow kept falling all day and is expected to keep coming today

If you feel you’re clearing your driveway or brushing off your car more this January than last, you probably are.

According to Environment Canada, halfway through the month of January Williams Lake has received less snow than it did in the entire month of January last year, but only by a little.

Measurements taken at the Williams Lake Airport indicate 34 centimetres have fallen in the first 13 days of the month; 42 cm fell throughout the month last year.

“We’re going at a pretty good clip here,” says David Jones, Environment Canada meteorologist.

“It could exceed that (last January) or not. It’s been a snowy start for sure. People’s perceptions are OK on that. It’s been a bit snowier than normal.”

Jones says there’s no particular reason for the amount of snowfall other than the fact its winter.

The average temperature for January is –8.3 degrees C; this month the average is -8.4.

December was decidedly less snowy with only 19 cm of snow compared to an average of 51 cm. The temperature was –5 compared to an average of –7.5.

“December was quite a bit less snowier than average and warmer than average and so far this month it’s just about bang on average for temperature and for snowfall. You’re a little bit ahead.”

Jones added judging by the forecast, Environment Canada was not issuing a snowfall warning for the area.

A snowfall warning is issued when snow is expected to be 15 cm or more in a 12-hour period or less.

Today, two to four cm is expected; Saturday and Sunday there will be periods of snow; Tuesday there is a 30 per cent chance of flurries and on Wednesday there is a 60 per cent chance of flurries.