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Newfoundland's Massive Snowfall Isn't Even The Worst The Country Has Ever Seen

Newfoundland is currently dealing with the mess left behind by the latest snowstorm. While some of the photos shared on Twitter make Newfoundland's blizzard seem like it's the storm of the century, the fact is that it's not even the worst one of the last 25 years.

The snowfall documented at St. John's International Airport reached 76.2 centimetres on January 17 and set a new record, beating the previous one of 68.4 cm from April 5, 1999.

However, it's still not even the most impressive amount the country has seen in one day.

That honour belongs to a storm that took place on February 11, 1999 in Tahtsa Lake West, British Columbia. On that day, a whopping 145 cm of snow covered the ground.

That amount is more than some cities see in an entire year, and it all happened over the course of 24 hours.

Despite all of the messy winter weather that has already taken place on Canada's east coast, a majority of the greatest snowfall amounts actually took place in British Columbia between 1981 and 2010. 

Even cities outside of St. John's didn't see that much accumulation after the province's latest blizzard. The highest number reported was 93 cm in Mount Pearl.

Even with the blizzard causing the city of St. John's to enter a state of emergency, it still didn't set a new one-day accumulation record in the province as a whole. 

That was set on January 6, 1988, when Nain, Newfoundland and Labrador's northernmost permanent settlement, got over a metre of snow in 24 hours.

Newfoundland did manage to set a new January snowfall record, though.

The province has seen 166 cm so far this month. The previous highest amount was 164.8 cm in January 2005. 

Even without smashing records, the latest island snowstorm has been rough.

Luckily, Environment Canada is not predicting any more snow in St. John's for the next few days.

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