The town's name means “people of the snow.” And today, that couldn't be more true in Kitimat.
A low pressure system rolled in off the Pacific Sunday morning, bringing heavy amounts of snow to the northern BC town. By Monday morning, an unofficial 99.5 cm had accumulated in Kitimat.
“There's a lot of Pacific moisture in the area, and the region has been dealing with one system after another,” said Elena Grigorenko, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “This was yet another storm that happened to bring very heavy amounts of snow.”
Joanne Monaghan is the Mayor of Kitimat. She told Environment Canada that she has lived in the town for 40 years and has never seen so much snow. She also noted that the community is over budget when it comes to snow removal.
The last time the region was hit with this much snow in such a short period was November of 2000, when 113 cm accumulated.
For more details on this week's weather in British Columbia, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.