It’s been colder in Terrace, B.C. and area this winter

Snow has piled up in Terrace B.C. more than double the amount of the last number of years, and there's been a prolonged cold spell.

Chart shows how Terrace has had significantly more snow on the ground this year

Snow has piled up more than double the amount of the last number of years, and this past December has also seen the longest cold stretch in the last four years.

The 1.2-foot dump of snow started coming down on late Christmas Day, with half-a-foot on the ground Dec. 26, and the rest of the 1.2 feet by the end of the next day.

That’s more than double what was on the ground this time last year, which had only half a foot (15 centimetres).

This winter’s snow, however, is still nearly two feet less than the massive three-foot dump (90 cm) in February 2015.

Looking at temperatures, this winter has also seen the longest cold stretch, with two weeks of temperatures mostly below -10 from Dec. 7-17.

On average, it has been the coldest winter compared to the last number of years, with temperatures averaging at -5.9 degrees since Dec. 1, a full two degrees colder than the -3.8 degree average in the same time frame of 2015-16.

Two previous winters were even warmer, with temperatures averaging -1.5 in 2013-14 and -1.2 in 2013-14.

The year of 2016 wrapped up with a brief warmer spell, Dec. 27-31, but it has dropped down again since Monday, Jan. 2, and are now similar to the -10 range of last year.

The crisp weather is expected to continue this weekend along with snow and periods of flurries continuing until Sunday, according to the forecast from the Government of Canada.

The forecast says temperatures will linger near -7 degrees, and the sun is expected to hide through the weekend until Sunday.

The federal weather service forecasts temperatures of -8 degrees early next week, Sunday through Tuesday, dropping to -9 and -12 overnight.

According to the weather network, it may be even colder than that.

It is predicting -12 degrees Sunday through Tuesday, with 10 kilometre winds and the air feeling more like -16 degrees.

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