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Snowfall in Ladysmith one of largest since 2014

Ladysmith students rejoiced at the first official snow day for this school year on Monday.

Ladysmith students rejoiced at the first official snow day for this school year on Monday as parents dug out their vehicle and headed to work.

Environment Canada estimated that upwards of 15 centimetres of snow fell on the town overnight, that coupled with the approximately 10 centimetres that fell on Friday, creating havoc on local roads and highways.

The weather agency estimated that Monday’s snowfall was likely the largest single event since 2014 when over 30 centimetres was recorded.

Environmental Canada  meteorologist Armel Castellan attributed the blast of snow to a ridge of air pressure stretching from Yukon down to Washington.

“We have a very strong continental cold pool of air on the western half of Canada and the United States,” Castellan said.

“What we saw on Friday was the clash of Pacific moist air coming .up against this wall of cold air.”

While snow isn’t in the forecast for the remainder of the week, temperatures will dip to – 6 C, well below the seasonal norm of zero.

“That air from the Pacific is at bay and the ridge is building stronger still inland so we’re now going to see the temperatures actually plummet to something a lot more unseasonal,” Castellan said.

Ladysmith RCMP told the Chronicle there had been 10 accidents on local roads Monday, and most were due to motorists driving too fast for the road conditions.

Garbage collection in town on the yellow and orange routes was delayed Friday and again Monday because of the weather, but Progressive Waste was expected to be by on Thursday.

Residents are asked to take their garbage and compost inside to not attract animals.

 

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