Variation of snow loads on ground in British Columbia

TitleVariation of snow loads on ground in British Columbia
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1970
AuthorsSchaerer, P. A.
Conference Name38th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 38th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1970
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationVictoria, British Columbia
KeywordsSnow loads, Snow water equivalent

The snow load used for the design of buildings varies with geographical location, elevation and aspect. In 1966 observations were initiated to obtain information on the variation with elevation. The water equivalent of the snow on the ground was measured at sites having a standard exposure and at 400 feet intervals of elevation on several mountains.The maximum snow load per winter is a second degree function of the elevation. Snow loads increase at a greater rate in wet climate than in areas where snowfalls are small.