A big snowfall Saturday, Dec. 18 in Williams Lake sealed the deal on a white Christmas for 2021. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

A big snowfall Saturday, Dec. 18 in Williams Lake sealed the deal on a white Christmas for 2021. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Williams Lake and area sees heavy snowfall in time for Christmas

Almost 20 cm fell on Saturday, Dec. 18

About 19.2 cm of snow fell over Williams Lake Saturday, Dec. 18, according to Environment Canada.

Total snowfall for the lakecity so far in the month of December is 43.4 cm, with Dec. 1st being the other significant snowfall event at 12 cm.

Many residents told the Tribune they were thankful for neighbours helping to clear the sidewalk snow in front of residential properties in the city.

At Environment Canada, snow is measured by automated observing stations which register the snowfall and snow-on-ground amounts, using an acoustic snow sensor (SR-50). The automated sites report snowfall amounts hourly in centimetres.

At staffed stations, the snow amount or the depth of accumulated snow-on-ground is measured using a snow ruler or a ruler calibrated to centimetres. The measurements are made at several points which appear representative of the immediate area, and then averaged. Snow is normally measured in centimetres.

The weather forecast this coming week calls for night time temperatures of -21C, dipping down to -26C for Christmas night.


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