Brrrr, colder and snowier

If it seemed like February was wetter and colder than usual – that's because it was.

According to Environment Canada, temperatures were down and precipitation was up throughout the Valley.

Meteorologist Doug Lundquist said Penticton was covered in 24 centimetres of snow last month, compared to a seasonal norm of just eight.

Lundquist said “a couple of big storms” made all the difference in the shortest month of the year.

Snow measurements are not taken by Environment Canada in Vernon or Kelowna.

NAV Canada took over those duties from Environment Canada, but discontinued them for 2017.

However, measurements continued in Kamloops where residents had to dig their way out of 50 cm of snow, the fourth whitest February on record.

And the snowiest place in the province was Williams Lake, which set a record with 85 cm of snow. The old record was 64 cm set in 1985.

As for the cold, lower-than-average temperatures were recorded from one end of the Valley to the other in the second month of the year.

Vernon had an average of -4.9 C, while the norm is -1.7 C.

Kelowna dipped down to an average of -3.2 C, well below the norm of -0.9 C.

Penticton residents got off the easiest, with an average of -1.5 C, from a norm of 1 C.

But it could be worse.

Kamloops residents saw temperatures dip six degrees below the norm, while Prince George residents shivered through a month eight degrees below the norm.

Lundquist said February seemed like a harsh month, partly because January wasn't.

“It was particularly mild in January, especially in Vernon,” said Lundquist. “But February got colder and snowier.”

Lundquist said Environment Canada considers March 1 as the first day of spring, and after a slight temperature dip Saturday – it is supposed to be just 1 C, down three degrees from Friday's high of 4 C – the mercury is supposed to rise for the rest of the week with a high of 8 C expected by Wednesday.

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