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‘Very rare April weather pattern’ hits B.C.’s South Coast

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It was a wild weather day on the South Coast. Senior meteorologist Kristi Gordon has the Tuesday, April 12, 2022 forecast for Metro Vancouver and British Columbia. – Apr 12, 2022

esidents of B.C.’s South Coast experienced a “very rare April weather pattern,” Global BC meteorologist Kristi Gordon said Tuesday.

“Historically, snow does occur in the of April across the South Coast but it is rare, especially this late in the month,” Gordon added.

On Tuesday, Comox and Courtenay recorded four centimetres of snow, Campbell River received two and North Vancouver recorded one.

Gordon explained the historical average snowfall for April at Vancouver Airport and Comox is less than a half a centimetre — barely measurable.

Read more: Rare April snow, thundersnow possible across B.C.’s South Coast Tuesday

The last time measurable snow was reported at YVR was in 2008 and Comox in 2009, she added.

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Known as an “inside slider,” Gordon said this system is more typically seen in the winter months and if temperatures were closer to January levels, many areas would likely have reported 20 centimetres of snow.

Many residents took to social media to record the strange weather pattern and snow falling in April.

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