Yukon’s storm broke weather records

Monday's storm broke a variety of weather records around the Yukon territory.

Forecasters warn another storm could hit this week

A woman walks through heavy snow and winds in Whitehorse on Monday, Dec. 5. (CBC)

Monday’s storm in Yukon broke a variety of weather records around the territory.

High winds and rain sent temperatures up to 14 degrees in Burwash Landing. It was the warmest December day ever for the community on the shores of Kluane Lake.

The community of Haines Junction got the same temperatures, along with some gale-force winds in excess of 100 kilometres per hour.

Haines Junction resident Amy McKinnon says it made a mess of some yards in town.

"Yeah, it was really warm. We woke up to quite a windstorm as well, so there were stories about damaged roofs, trampolines that took flight, tents that ended up in the bush, downed trees all over town, power outages and I heard the winds peaked at over 114 kilometres per hour. So a little more excitement than we wanted," said McKinnon.

Then a cold front sent temperatures plummeting and produced record snowfalls in some areas.

Temperature records were also set in Whitehorse, with four consecutive days above the December averages.

Several regions in Yukon got record-breaking weather Monday, including Haines Junction and Burwash Landing. (CBC)

Doug Lundquist, Environment Canada’s Yukon meteorologist, says warm temperatures combined with open water in the Southern Lakes area was likely responsible for the strong blizzards around Whitehorse.

"We hit, for example, 6.9 [degrees Celsius], there were record high temperatures for the day, Burwash hit a record with Haines Junction even higher at 14.3 [degrees] - not quite enough to break the monthly record but it broke the daily record. It was nuts," said Lundquist.

Highway crews in and around Whitehorse have managed to clear most roads in the region. City busses are reported to be on schedule, and there’s been no problems with school busses.

Weather forecasters say temperatures should stay at more normal levels over the next few days with another possible storm later this week.

If that forecast holds, they say it will likely only affect areas closest to the British Columbia border.