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January — Slightly milder, dryer

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
February 3rd, 2019

The month of January was slightly milder and slightly dryer than an average said Ron Lakeman from the Southeast Fire Centre in the monthly weather synopsis.

Lakeman said temperatures fluctuated for through the month with the mildest temperature of 6.6 C recorded during the afternoon of the January 27th and the coldest temperature minus-11.3 during the early morning of January 8th.

“The mean monthly temperature was 1.1 degree milder than normal,” Lakeman said. “The monthly snowfall was very near normal however the total amount of precipitation (water equivalent of the snow and rain) was 73% of normal.”

Lakeman said the initial 10 days of the month and again from January 17-22 were relatively eventful with frequent Pacific systems providing occasional precipitation. 

“Snow prevailed . . . there were only a few days with light rain,” he said. “The most significant frontal system produced 27 centimetres of snow and 0.6 of a millimetre of rain the night of January 8th through the early morning of January 10th.” 

Lakeman said a strong upper ridge of high pressure dominated for dry and mainly cloudy to partly cloudy conditions January 11th through to January 16th and again during the final nine days of the month.

He said the new record daily maximum temperatures of 5.5 degrees and 6.4 degrees were set on January 4th and January 6th, respectively.  

The West Kootenay/Boundary region has been spared the cold weather, due to the Polar Vortex, hammering most of Canada and the United States last week.

From Saskatchewan through Manitoba and northern regions of Ontario and into Quebec, last week temperatures dipped south of -50C with the wind chill.

The region will see a small sample size of cold weather later this week when temperatures could reach double-digit lows by Wednesday.

However, spring maybe on the horizon after most of the famous groundhogs did not see their shadows, which means winter maybe on the way out for this part of 2019.

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