April- Wet, Wet, Wet
Prince George, B.C.- The old saying is “April showers will bring May flowers”, but April 2017 in Prince George may be one for the record books.
Snow flurries, rain, and cool temperatures have set this April apart from a typical April in P.G.
“We are mired in a cool air mass for the last little while” says Environment Canada Meteorologist Alyssa Charbonneau. “The Arctic air has been pushing south, and parts of the northeast have been really cold, but even Prince George is seeing temperatures that are colder than normal. The normal for this time of the year is a high of plus 14 and a low of around plus one.”
The flurries are not unusual says Charbonneau “We do normally see some snow in April, so it’s normal to see about 7.4 centimeters as an average snowfall in April.” But it has been unusually wet. Charbonneau says the average April would see about 36 mm of precipitation for the whole month. So far, Prince George has had more than double that, with 76.3 mm of precipitation, and there are still eleven days to go before this month comes to an end.
According to the records, the worst single day for snowfall in April was April 10th 1966 when 21.8 cm fell on the city. The most snow depth, (snow on the ground) was April 1st 1982 when the snow depth was 49 centimeters.
Typically in April, the month has 10.3 days with precipitation. This month, 16 of the 17 days for which there is data, had precipitation.
“The good news is we do have a bit of a warming coming back” says Charbonneau “Temperatures are going to be closer to seasonal, especially Thursday Friday, with Friday having a high of 14 and sunny. and then it cools down a bit on Saturday and Sunday although temperatures will still be in the double digits at ten or so. Then again, next week, we are back to the seasonal high of 14.” But, there may be snow overnight Saturday into Sunday which could also see periods of snow in the morning.
She says the long term trend shows no “big huge warming” on the horizon. She says the balance of April will likely be near seasonal with near to freezing lows overnight and that means a potential for flurries