BC Highway 97 near Fort Nelson, 19 Aug 2019 (Drive BC/Twitter)
Residents of northern British Columbia were shocked to wake up to snow this morning – an estimated 50 cm in some areas.
Environment Canada says cold Arctic air combined with moisture from the Pacific was responsible for the winter-like conditions in late summer.
Fort Nelson received a mix of rain and snow while higher elevations of 1,000 metres or more saw mainly snow.
Historical data shows measurable snow is likely in Fort Nelson in every month except July.
By contrast on Monday, Kamloops in the Okanagan Valley – about 1300 km south – reached a daytime high of 31°C.
Wildfire north of Cache Creek, BC, 07 July 2017 (BC Transportation/Twitter)
A state of emergency is in place across British Columbia which gives government special authority over more than 230 wildfires.
B.C. wildfire officials say weeks of hot, dry weather combined with strong winds and dry lightning have led to almost 16,000 hectares being burned so far.
More than 7,000 residents in the Interior and Cariboo regions have been evacuated from communities like Cache Creek, Princeton, Ashcroft and 100 Mile House to be housed in Kamloops.
Temperatures remain hot in these areas this weekend soaring above 30 C.