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Soggy Wednesday brings record rainfall; risk of frost Friday night

Tired of the rain? Well, too bad, because it's another day where Peace Region folks are going to want to keep their umbrellas close at hand.
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Tired of the rain? Well, too bad, because it's another day where Peace Region folks are going to want to keep their umbrellas close at hand.

Wednesday's steady drenching of precipitation -- which turned into heavy wet snow in parts of Charlie Lake and Montney -- broke a rainfall record in Fort St. John, meteorologists say, and will continue falling throughout today before clearing for the weekend.

Fort St. John saw 42.6 millimetres of rainfall, beating a 31-year-old September daily record of 37.3 millimetres set Sept. 6, 1984. Not only is it a new daily record, but a new monthly record too, according to Environment Canada meteorologists Lisa Coldwells and Trevor Smith.

The storm also brought more precipitation to the city in a single day than Fort St. John usually sees for the whole month September, where the total average is 40 mm, Coldwell said.

Coldwells says the storm was heaviest around Fort St. John and Hudson's Hope, which received nearly 60 mm of rain.

Dawson Creek only saw 16.1 mm of rain on Wednesday, far short of the 25.4 mm daily record set Sept. 2, 1969. The city, however, is nearly at the halfway mark of its September average of 38.8 mm, according to Coldwells.

The rain is expected to end today, with a sunny weekend to follow, Coldwells said, but if you still have plants in the garden, you may want to cover them up.

"We're going to be see the rain slowly dissipate during the day," Coldwells said.

"Friday is going to be clearing in the morning with a high of 14 C, and a cool low… around 0, and that mean's frost."

Temperatures should climb to around 17 C under sunny skies over the weekend, slightly below normal, but still making for the typical Labour Day long weekend, Coldwells said.