Kitimat and other communities across the Skeena are bracing for hazardous winter conditions, with 20 or 30 cm of snow expected today by Environment Canada. As if that wasn’t enough, the heavy snow will be blown around by winds potentially reaching 70km per hour.
The storm is making us think of the absolutely monster snow dump in Kitimat in February 1999—and it appears we aren’t the only ones. CFTK-TV recently posted a “flashback” news segment, which shows footage of snow so thick and deep that it nearly covered stop signs. Watch the video here.
“You need a shovel just to get into a bus shelter,” the narrator says.
It wasn’t just Kitimat either. “Over 24 hours an unbelievable 113 cm of snow fell in Terrace,” reads a story recounting the event in Northword magazine. “Although my workplace at the time let everyone go early, I could scarcely make it back down my street, past small cars already stuck in the banks. These cars soon disappeared under the growing snow cover.”
Do you have memories of the spectacular 1999 snowfall? Share them on Skeena Strong’s Facebook!