December snow levels were record breaking for some areas around Revelstoke.
According to the BC Ministry of Transportation, the weather station at Three Valley Gap measured a total snowfall of 287 cm, which is 171 per cent above the 10 year average for the month.
Three Valley Gap is 20 km west of Revelstoke on Highway 1.
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And that's how #avalanche control is done folks! Thanks to our avy crew working hard to keep our roads safe during #snowmageddon. #Revelstoke #ThreeValleyGap #BCHwy1 pic.twitter.com/MMP9UjcWLh
— Rocky Mtn District (@TranBCRockyMtn) January 7, 2020
The second snowiest December was in 2007 when 278 cm fell.
While Environment Canada does not keep snowfall statistics for the City of Revelstoke, BC Hydro does for Mount Revelstoke. Data collected at 1,850 metres on the mountain indicate that in November, snow levels were below average. However, by December snow levels were above. Although, their data does not include specific snowpack depth, it indicates that for December it was above 500 mm of snow water equivalent, which refers to the amount of water contained in the snowpack.
Data collected from Mica Dam showed that 279 cm of snow fell in December, while the average month is roughly 154 cm.
Snowfall levels in Glacier National Park were also above average last month with a base of roughly 250 cm. However, according to Parks Canada it was not record breaking as it would have required another metre of snow.