British Columbia

Snow records smashed across B.C.'s South Coast as flakes continue to fall

In case you haven't heard, it's been snowing in southern B.C. since Sunday.

Don't laugh at us, rest of Canada, this snow is real

The fountain in front of the B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., has been frozen for several days. The entire Greater Victoria school district is closed Tuesday, as is the University of Victoria. (Michael McArthur/CBC)

In case you haven't heard, it's been snowing in B.C. since Sunday.

In typical South Coast fashion, that snow has brought complaints, school and university closures, and some traffic chaos.

So just how bad has this snow been?

Several records have been broken over the past 49 hours.

People make their way down Belleville Street in downtown Victoria, B.C., on Monday. The entire Greater Victoria school district and the University of Victoria are closed Tuesday due to the weather, as are many other schools across the southwest corner of the province. (Michael McArthur/CBC)

It's been the snowiest February in Victoria's history, with at least 55 centimetres and counting.

Victoria also had its snowiest three days since Dec. 2008.

Most of Metro Vancouver has now seen three times the usual historical February average of six centimetres. 

British Columbians have been COLD.

BC Hydro recorded its highest February peak hourly demand on Monday evening.  

Not to neglect our neighbours to the south, it was also the snowiest February ever on record for Seattle, with 51 centimetres accumulating as of Monday night.

There also may have been a record number of children tobogganing in Tsawwassen, but we haven't checked the historical records.