PHOTOS: Extended cold snap causes Lake Revelstoke to freeze

It isn’t often that Lake Revelstoke freezes. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
It isn’t completely frozen though and probably isn’t safe to walk on. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
The daily mean temperature in Revelstoke for Feb was -7.5 degrees. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Tula, the newest reporter for Revelstoke Review, thought she’d try the ice. It held. (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 said 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 said 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,” said 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.

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