Records fall as Abbotsford sees year’s worth of snowfall in 3 days

Pair of 60-plus-year-old records broken over the weekend.

A pair of 60-plus-year-old snowfall records were shattered over the weekend as Abbotsford saw a year’s worth of the white stuff fall over just three days.

A total of 57 centimetres of snow was recorded at Abbotsford International Airport on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That total accumulation is more snow than the 55.2 centimetres of snow the city receives in an average year. The February average is 8.6 centimetres.

While the 17 centimetres that fell on Feb. 3 didn’t break any records, the 20 centimetres that fell on both Saturday and Sunday did. The previous Feb. 4 record was 7.6 centimetres and set in 1957. The old Feb. 5 record was 11.9 centimetres and set in 1949.

The stunning snowfall snarled roads, and forced the cancellation of school across the city on Monday. The previously scheduled council meeting and public hearing set for Monday evening were also postponed due to the weather.

More could be on the way as a snowfall warning remains in place. As much as 10 centimetres could fall over the next 24 hours, according to Environment Canada.

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