Matt MacDonald, a meteorologist with the National Weather Agency, said last Wednesday, Oct 3, saw 14 daytime records broken, 18 overnight lows smashed and seven new records for snowfall, including a whopping 28 cm in Sparwood.
MacDonald said the arctic front plunged down from the north and clashed with moisture from the Pacific Ocean.
The record-breaking cold temperature for B.C. last Wednesday was in Clinton, where -14.2C was recorded, tearing apart the old mark of -5C set in 2012.
In Prince George, the mercury dipped to a record -12.1C, breaking the old -9.4C mark set in 1950.
It was a teeth-chattering -11.6C in the Puntzi Mountain region, compared with the old record of -9.1C set in 2013.
And the Mackenzie area set a record -8.5C, breaking -5.5C set in 1990.
Even Vancouver saw a record low, though the mercury didn’t go below zero. Environment Canada recorded 1.6C at YVR on Wednesday, breaking the previous record of 2.8C from 1937.
Other areas that set cold-temperature records were Quesnel (-8.4C,) Lytton (-1.2C) and Lillooet (-2.9C).
— ECCC Weather British Columbia (@ECCCWeatherBC) October 4, 2018
The GSM continues its ramp up.
Prepare for global cooling.