Big winter stats already with 350+cm of snow, -65 windchill
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6:30 AM - Just as some Canadians were beginning to doubt if a true Canadian winter would ever arrive this year, it's now safe to say most parts of the country have experienced at least some of the season's wrath. Heavy snow, flash freezes, extreme cold alerts -- we've seen it all. There are a couple of regions in particular however, that are setting the bar high in terms of winter conditions. We're talking OVER 300 cm of snow already on the ground and windchills that are plunging into life-threatening territory. Find out what areas we're talking about, below.
RECORD SNOWFALL IN HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, LABRADOR
We reported on this back in November, even before the official start to winter began, when Happy Valley-Goose Bay set records for a whopping 130+ cm of snow on the ground since the start of September. And while Labrador is by no means a stranger to some hefty snow fall, these pre-winter amounts felt excessive, even by the East Coast standard.
Now, as the town remains locked in an active storm track, additional records are being set with MORE than 350 cm of snow reported since October. That's over 11 feet of snow!
On January 22. a recorded snow depth of 167 cm was reported, making for the highest snow cover ever for that date.
"And so far, 2019 is the fourth highest snow depth recorded for the area since records began in 1955," says Weather Network meteorologist Matt Grinter.
It's safe to say Happy Valley-Goose Bay is on track to see one of its snowiest January's in history.
"The snowiest January to date is from 1985 when 235.1 cm of snow was reported," Grinter adds.
EXTREME COLD WARNING FOR -60 WINDCHILLS
The excessive and relentless snow is one way to describe a wild and extreme winter in Canada, but what about an extended period with windchill values of -65? A multi-day episode of "very cold windchills" has currently prompted extreme cold warnings across parts of Nunavut. These are temperatures so cold that frostbite could develop within a matter of just minutes.
"Extreme wind chill values of -55 to -65 over Kivalliq and the Melville Peninsula continue as a ridge of high pressure settles over the region," says Environment Canada in the warning. "Wind chill values will generally remain in this range through the remainder of the week and potentially into the weekend," says Environment."
THE NEXT TWO MONTHS
In the updated 2019 Winter Forecast, Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham highlighted the two distinct temperature patterns for the months of January and February across the country.
"Above seasonal temperatures are expected to dominate across western Canada with below normal temperatures dominating for most of eastern Canada. In between, back and forth swings in temperatures should come close to offsetting each other," he said.
We could say the dominant storm track that saw above seasonal snow across Atlantic Canada this winter is certainly verifying, with snow totals elsewhere expected to be "near normal."
"That's for all but a large region from southern B.C. to Northwestern Ontario that could end up seeing less snow than normal during the months of January and February," Gillham adds.