Amount of snowfall drastically differs region to region


WATCH: If your backyard is buried in snow tonight, you’re not alone. But it’s certainly not the case everywhere. In some places, there’s barely a centimetre or two. Calvin To tells us why.

Across Vancouver Island, the story is the snow. But the amount changes drastically from one region to another as multiple storm systems move over Vancouver Island.

Over the weekend areas around Duncan, Cobble Hill and Ladysmith were among the hardest hit, while Victoria only got a dusting.

The variations are a result of several factors: elevation, terrain and proximity to water.

“You had the convergence of where the snow envelope was located, and then, of course, it’s a little bit elevated, a little bit further away from the Georgia Strait, so that’s why you have an amplified signal and the most amount of snow,” said meteorologist Armel Castellan.

As of 2 a.m. Monday, these were Environment Canada’s reported snow accumulations for locations in and around Vancouver Island (in centimetres):

Nanaimo Area: 20-40 
Ladysmith Area: 40 
Duncan Area: 35 
Shawnigan Lake Area: 33 
Chemainus Area: 30 
Cobble Hill Area: 22 
Mill Bay Area: 30 
Malahat Summit: 30 
North Cowichan Area: 24 
Cochrane Area: 21 
Cowichan Valley Area: 20 
Union Bay Area: 20 
Ganges Island: 17 
Saltspring Island: 15 
Qualicum Beach Area: 18 
Campbell River Area: 9-12 
Victoria Airport: 17 
Saanich Area: 10 
North Courtenay Area: 10 
Saturna Island: 10 
Port Alberni Area: 7 
Comox Airport: 8

A daily snowfall record was set at the Victoria International Airport on Sunday when 16 centimetres of snow fell. It’s the most amount of snow ever recorded to fall at that location on that day.

More snowfall is expected over the next few days.

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