Nearly a foot of snow fell in the Chemainus area during last week’s storm.
“Most of the snow fell from the afternoon of Jan. 5 to near daybreak Jan. 6,” noted Chris Carss, a weather recorder for Environment and Climate Change Canada at his Chemainus home.
The exact total came out to 29.6 centimetres that works out to 11.65 inches. Carss noted there was already 10 cm on the ground when the storm started.
“After the snowfall ended, there was a total of 37 cm on the ground, but that melted down to 10 cm by the afternoon of Jan. 7.
“The source of the weather was an atmospheric river that came up from Hawaii of all places; definitely not a pineapple express this time!”
Temperatures ensured the precipitation fell as snow instead of rain.
However, there’s been another change this week with another atmospheric river coming in that’s expected to produce significant rainfall again.