The Bulkley Valley and Lakes District had its fair share of wet weather this fall according to Environment Canada.

“We got a little bit wetter than the rest of the north with 325 millimeters of precipitation recorded, about 174 millimeters is about normal. It is a bit wetter the closer we head towards Smithers with the average temperature at four degrees Celsius,” says Meteorologist Alyssa Charbonneau.

Today is also the Winter Solstice, which marks the shortest day of the year and the start to the winter season.

Charbonneau adds it will take a while before we notice the longer days again.

“It doesn’t really start to make a huge change with just a couple of minutes here and there but as we go forward now every day will be longer now than the one before. Spring is around the corner even though we’re still at the beginning of winter.”

The chilly season is expected to begin on the colder side with temperatures expected to be in the minus teens during the day with overnight lows predicted in the minus seventeen to minus twenty range over the next week.

“We are definitely getting into a dry a cool pattern until the end of the month.”

So far this month, Smithers has seen about 15 millimeters of precipitation, about 42 millimeters is normal for December.