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The previous low on October 25 was -2.2 degrees, recorded in 1952.
Erwen believes that Environment Canada is running its own weather station elsewhere on the Sea Island, and although the Nav Canada station is not sinking at a record low, they are also close to record levels.
The Environment Canada temperature sensor recorded a low of -3 degrees, a record low of -3.3 degrees, set in 1919.
“The bottom line here is we’re in a very cool pattern this year,” she said.
The two cold frontiers met Friday night and Saturday to create these unique conditions, with temperatures dropping across the province.
“First it was the Arctic Front, which descended through the interior of BC on Friday and hit the coast on Friday night,” she explained. “Meanwhile the low pressure system has entered western Vancouver Island and the state of Washington.”
Inland there were snow records in most areas and snow also fell on the northern coastal mountains, sticking to 300 meters above sea level in some places.
“If it’s February, it’s the ideal ice maker here in Vancouver, but we’ve only seen snowflakes in really high places since we’ve only in October,” she said.
Cold winds are expected to remain in the area for the next few days, but will be pushed towards Idaho in the southeast.
“Early next week, we’ll be back to the milder temperatures we used to be,” Erwen said.
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