PHOTOS: Extended cold snap causes Lake Revelstoke to freeze

The daily mean temperature in Revelstoke for Feb was -7.5 degrees. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
It isn’t completely frozen though and probably isn’t safe to walk on. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Tula, the newest reporter for Revelstoke Review, thought she’d try the ice. It held. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
It isn’t often that Lake Revelstoke freezes. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
(Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Although B.C. Hydro doesn’t monitor the ice on Lake Revelstoke, they said it doesn’t usually freeze over in the winter. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
This was taken at the beginning of March. Although patchy, the lake had some good ice coverage. With warmer temperatures predicted for March by Environment Canada, the ice may disappear. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

Environment Canada said Feb. was unique in that the entire month was chilly. That month, a cold arctic front settled across the province and stuck.

“In the past, they usually only last a week or two,” said Bobby Sekhon, meteorologist with Environment Canada.

As a result, Lake Revelstoke froze over, which doesn’t usually happen.

The daily mean temperature in Revelstoke for Feb. was -7.5 degrees. By comparison, Jan. was -1.9 degrees and Dec. was -0.6 degrees.

Sekhon says Feb. was “peculiar” across the province. For example, Vernon had the sixth coldest month on record since 1901. The daily mean was -7.9 degrees, while the norm for that month is -1.7 degrees.

Daily mean temperature for Feburary
Infogram

While no records were set in Revelstoke last month, Sekhon says the prolonged cold was unusual. He said Environment Canada expects the rest of Mar. to be “normal” with next week reaching a daily mean of 5 degrees, which is usual for this time of year.

“We do not expect another extended cold snap,” says Sekhon.

Tula, the new broadcast reporter for Revelstoke Review, went for a walk down by Lake Revelstoke today and although it only snowed seven cm last night, that’s still almost half a Tula. Still, she’s eager for more snow.

Just Posted

Penticton sets cap of 14 cannabis stores, removes buffer zone

The city previously relied on a buffer zone and scoring matrix to limit number of stores

Bucking bulls return to Okanagan raceway Sunday

Bull Riders Canada returns to the South Okanagan with some of the top riders in Canada

Gucci Mane’s May concert in South Okanagan likely postponed to later date

South Okanagan Events Centre marketing manager awaits official confirmation from promoter

Advocate says Penticton bylaw targeting less fortunate

Kristine Shepherd is the community organizer for Monday Night Dinners in Nanaimo Square

Easier to use website and registration coming for Recreation Penticton activities

Penticton upgrading recreation software it uses to manage client memberships, passes and programs

Killer of Calgary mother, daughter gets no parole for 50 years

A jury found Edward Downey guilty last year in the deaths of Sara Baillie, 34, and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman

Nominate your favourite businesses for the Best of the South Okanagan

Join the Penticton Western News as they celebrate the Best of the South Okanagan awards

Raptors beat Bucks 120-102 to even series at 2-2

Lowry pours in 25 as Toronto moves within two games of NBA Finals

Body of missing snowmobiler recovered from Great Slave Lake

Police confirm the body is that of one of three missing snowmobilers

North Okanagan tests out two $10/day childcare sites

Katrine Conroy came to Vernon to tour universal child care prototype sites, including the one at Maven Lane

Okanagan medical cannabis shop shutting doors

Herb’s Health Centre has been operating without a city business licence for nearly a year

Toddler seriously injured after falling from Okanagan balcony

RCMP are investigating after a two-year-old boy fell from the balcony of an apartment in Kelowna

Witness says Kelowna man on trial for murder admitted to the killing

Steven Pirko is charged in the killing of Christopher Ausman in 2014

Cost jumps 35% for Trans-Canada Highway widening in B.C.

Revelstoke-area stretch first awarded under new union deal

Most Read