While it isn't unusual for February to see some cold weather in Vancouver, this year has been particularly frigid.
In fact, the area has seen some unusually cold temperatures. According to Environment Canada’s weather data for the month of February, the average temperature is a low of one degree. The region has seen temperatures as low as minus nine this month, with a wind chill of minus fourteen.
What's more, the Arctic air has produced the coldest Valentine's Day on record since the records began in 1937. And, while the forecast wasn't originally calling for snow on the big day, a recent weather update has a snowfall warning in effect for Metro Vancouver.
"With a ~6am min of -8.5°C, today is
#Vancouver's coldest Valentine's Day since records began in 1937," tweeted @YVR__Weather at 9 am.
The temperature recorded was minus eight this morning, but the wind chill factor made things feel markedly colder last night. However, the forecast calls for snowfall, which means that the temperature won't drop as low tonight. Environment Canada calls for five to ten centimetres of snow late Thursday and early Friday over Metro Vancouver.
In addition to the freezing temperatures, the region has received an unusual amount of snowfall. In fact, it has already received over triple the amount of snowfall for the month in just two weeks - and more is on the way.
Due to the unusual amount of snowfall, as well as the cold temperatures, ice floes formed across the Fraser River. The icy formations made breathtaking designs on the waterway, and a number of locals captured images of the wintry scene.
Despite the cold weather, the region's smallest bird, the hummingbird, has been frequented spotted. In fact, a number of Metro Vancouver residents Tweeted images of the tiny travellers amidst the snowfall.