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Originally Posted by BigMac
I was on the bus again today. The snow is piled up almost waist high at the bustops. A couple of seniors today almost took pretty bad spills trying to climb over them to the bus. Really icy. The poor bus drivers are not allowed to get out and help them so passengers were getting out to give them a hand up.Very dangerous.`
Well we all worked yesterday but few few costumers. I thought the day wasnt too bad and today should be clear with the snowfall begining tonight. Turkey is in the sink and I got the last details bought yesterday (due to the dull day I left early.) We should be busier today we called everyone back. Tomorow is our familly dinner so I will be pretty busy. Merry white christmas everyone!! ( I didnt know you had skinny legs Th)
so i hear another 10-20 cm for tuesday night/wednesday morning!! look like our roads are going to be bad again unless you live on a street that a city worker lives on! i worked with a guy whos dad works for the city and he said the first thing he does is goes and plows his street!
Real cities load it in trucks and haul it away. They even used to haul it away with horses in olden times.
Nanaimo leads province for snowfall - December 23, 2008
Nanaimo leads province for snowfall
Winter weather could be one for the history books
Derek Spalding, Daily News
Published: Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Eighty-six centimetres of snow has fallen on Nanaimo since Dec. 12, surpassing levels found in other B.C cities that typically see piles of the white stuff, according to Environment Canada.
Snow could pile even higher with another dump on its way later in the week, according to weather analysts who predict the first countrywide white Christmas since 1971. The Harbour City has had 86 centimetres so far and could see depths reaching close to record numbers for December. Nanaimoites remain another snowstorm or two away from the 111-centimetre record that fell in the last month of 1964.
December levels already surpassed that of northern community Stewart, which saw 68 centimetres of snow and normal reaches levels of 154 centimetres. Nanaimo also surpassed that of the usual white-winter Canadian cities, including Toronto and Halifax.
The Harbour City has seen 86 centimetres of snow since Dec.12 and more is likely on the way.
This type of weather battered much of the nation with some, but little, respite in sight before Christmas.
Record snowfalls, power outages, blizzard warnings and hurricane-force winds have not been so widespread for more than four decades, a rare occurrence, according to Gabor Fricska, meteorologist for Environment Canada.
"Nanaimo seems to have seen the highest snowfall in B.C., but we don't have data from Qualicum Beach," he said. A Canadian white Christmas "hasn't happened since 1971, so it's quite a significant event. It's a once- or twice-in a life time thing."
This December marks the sixth snowiest in history, just 25 centimetres away from the winter wonderland of 1964, but even with more flurries. Victoria maintains the whitest December on record with 123.9 centimetres that fell in 1996. The majority of that wallop came via a storm that dumped 64.5 centimetres on the province's capital in one dump. Victoria remained without much snowfall this month, until the weekend brought 35 centimetres to doorsteps and city streets, bringing the December total to 69.6 centimetres.
People might expect characteristically white urban centres to see more snow compared to West Coast cities, but places like Calgary or Montreal have colder climates where the snow lingers all winter long. Most snow melts quickly in waterfront communities along the Pacific Ocean, unless hit by unusually cold temperatures. Calgary more than doubled its average December snowfall with 37 centimetres so far this year. Calgarians normally get the most of their snow in March with an average of 23.9 centimetres and a one-day record total of 48 centimetres.
Vancouver Island gets large snowfall because of its wet climate, according to Fricska. With so much ocean, a cold-air system tends to create a lot of snow, he explained. Such weather remained in the province's interior for much of last week, draining frigid arctic air through Howe Sound and across the Strait of Georgia, which created much of last week's snow. Another large low-pressure system came from the Pacific this weekend, dumping snow on much of Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. And there's more.
Nanaimo could see a light dusting of two more centimetres Tuesday night and analysts predict between 10 and 20 centimetres for Thursday, ensuring a white Christmas for the Harbour City.
Here we go again!
SNOWFALL WARNING: East Vancouver Island
Issued at 3:53 PM PST TUESDAY 23 DECEMBER 2008
10 TO 20 CM OF SNOW EXPECTED TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY. THIS IS A WARNING THAT SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED OR OCCURRING IN THESE REGIONS. MONITOR WEATHER CONDITIONS..LISTEN FOR UPDATED STATEMENTS.
AN APPROACHING PACIFIC FRONTAL SYSTEM WILL BRING SNOW TO THE BRITISH COLUMBIA COAST TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY. SNOW IS EXPECTED TO START THIS EVENING AND THEN BECOME MIXED WITH RAIN OVER MANY LOCALITIES ON WEDNESDAY. TOTAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 10 TO 20 CM ARE FORECAST BEFORE THE SNOW TAPERS TO A FEW FLURRIES WEDNESDAY NIGHT. STRONG WINDS WILL ALSO DEVELOP AS THE SYSTEM APPROACHES AND VISIBILITY WILL BE LOCALLY REDUCED IN BLOWING SNOW. MEANWHILE, ARCTIC AIR WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH THROUGH THE COASTAL VALLEYS AND INLETS PRODUCING MODERATE NORTHEASTERLY WINDS COMBINING WITH VERY COLD TEMPERATURES GIVING WIND CHILL VALUES BELOW MINUS 20 FOR THE INLAND SECTIONS OF THE NORTH COAST. CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO IMPROVE LATE WEDNESDAY AS TEMPERATURES RISE.