Armel Castellan, a Meteorologist with Environment Canada, says it was definitely one of the coldest in Quesnel on record dating back to the 1800’s…
“Quesnel, the station went down, but we have a back-up and that one showed close to -30, in which case for the 25th would also be a top five, probably 4th or 5th coldest 25th of February on record.”
The record for February 25th in Quesnel is -32.2 from 1956.
Williams Lake hit -22.8 degrees this morning, which was also a top five all-time, and the record is -26.5 from 2011.
Castellan says both Quesnel and Williams Lake have seen a lot of top five low temperatures throughout the month of February…
“On the 4th there was a -34 degree day and that was third coldest day on record for Quesnel, on the 10th was a -29.7 degree and that was also tied for third. When I look at Williams Lake my screen sort of lights up even more and that’s because records only go back to 1960. Now there are probably over a dozen top five days in February through the 21st.”
Castellan says it is also trending to be one of the coldest February’s in history in both of those cities.