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B.C. Storm Closes Schools, Inspires #Snowkanagan

01/06/2015 02:16 EST | Updated 03/08/2015 05:59 EDT
KELOWNA, B.C. - Heavy snow has forced the closure of schools in British Columbia's central and north Okanagan, Vernon and parts of the Fraser-Cascade districts or a second day.

Two storms dumped as much as 33.5 centimetres of snow in Kelowna in recent days, although some areas in the Thompson-Okanagan recorded even more snow.

Environment Canada says that was shy of a two-day record snowfall of 38.9 centimetres set in December 1949.

Snow caused chaos in the Okanagan region this week, including high avalanche hazards, treacherous road conditions, school closures and power outages.

Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops was closed Monday but opened Tuesday, though spokeswoman Diana Skoglund says one building that includes food services is unstaffed because of a power outage overnight.

Environment Canada meteorologist Ross Macdonald says the snow kept falling until late Monday night before the storm moved northward.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly reported that a snowfall broke a record set in 1899.

Some called it #Snowkanagan:

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