PHOTOS: As snow settles in, temps drop to record lows in Agassiz

Snow swept through Harrison Hot Springs in the early hours of Tuesday. (Photo/Phil Ray)Snow swept through Harrison Hot Springs in the early hours of Tuesday. (Photo/Phil Ray)
Snow piled on Harrison Hot Springs over the weekend. Agassiz was not hit quite as hard, but the enter area endured sub-zero temperatures heading toward Christmas. (Photo/Deanna Fortin Jones)Snow piled on Harrison Hot Springs over the weekend. Agassiz was not hit quite as hard, but the enter area endured sub-zero temperatures heading toward Christmas. (Photo/Deanna Fortin Jones)
Snow piled on everywhere throughout the Fraser Valley, including Sts’ailes. (Photo/Mish Lee)Snow piled on everywhere throughout the Fraser Valley, including Sts’ailes. (Photo/Mish Lee)
Sub-zero temperatures are expected to stick around for at least the remainder of the week. (Photo/Muddy Waters Café)Sub-zero temperatures are expected to stick around for at least the remainder of the week. (Photo/Muddy Waters Café)
Residents across Agassiz-Harrison had to dig themselves out of a thick layer of snow on Tuesday (Dec. 20) morning. (Photo/Sharon Sharp)Residents across Agassiz-Harrison had to dig themselves out of a thick layer of snow on Tuesday (Dec. 20) morning. (Photo/Sharon Sharp)

The weather outside is indeed frightful.

Temperatures dipped into the sub-zero double digits in Agassiz to start off the week, breaking local records on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

According to information from Weather Canada, temperatures dipped down to -12.1 C in the early morning hours, already breaking record cold temperatures for Dec. 19; the previous record was set in 1990 at -11.6C. Weather records for Dec. 19 date back to 1988. On Sunday, temperatures set new records with a low of -10.3 C.

Tuesday’s temperatures broke records early in the morning as well, falling to -12.7 C, breaking a 32-year-old record set at -12.1 C. Tuesday’s significant snowfall closed businesses all across Agassiz-Harrison as a thick layer of snow and freezing temperatures brought the community to a virtual standstill.

Wind chill values dropped temperatures to -25 C to -30 C throughout the Fraser Valley, according to Weather Canada.

Sub-zero temperatures are expected to persist through most of the week until Saturday, in which a high of 3 C is forecasted.

The severe weather also shut down B.C. Transit bussing on Tuesday. Frigid, snowy weather in Agassiz-Harrison may have been a contributing factor to a power outage during the weekend that knocked out electricity for thousands of customers in the area. In some areas, the power was out for nearly five hours. Multiple outages across the area on Sunday (Dec. 18) were attributed to motor vehicle accidents.


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