The deep freeze is about to end! But rain might be a concern.

The last two days have been the coldest of the winter. We got down to -7°C earlier this morning at Alberniweather. The good news is there appears to be an end to this incredibly long cold spell.

There are some minor flurries expected over the weekend.  The UWash model says it is coming Saturday evening but will mostly miss us.

The big change will be the temperature.  This is the forecast this morning, well below zero and frigid in the Interior, compared to Sunday and next Wednesday.  Over 10°C next week!

But here is the potential problem.

We are supposed to get a bunch of rain over the three first days of next week. Here is the 3 day accumulation from Monday to Thursday morning.

ANd below is the expected snowfall for the same time.  Notice, no high snow on the south island.  Will this cause some melt and high river levels? Hopefully not. But it is something to look out for.

So get out there and soke up some sun! We might not see it for a while. 🙂

NExt post will be the 2016 annual and december summary! Woot!

Light snow today – Then back in the deep freeze

It’s snowing on the East Side in patches as Strait Effect seems to be coming online…..

 

 

There was light snow and slushy sections on Highway 4 and Highway 19 this morning, especially on the Port Alberni side of the hump and in the Parksville and Nanoose area. It is also snowing lightly in Parksville, whether it was sticking on the road depended on road temperature which made for some dangerous patches. Drive safely.

After todays moisture clears out we will get back into an Arctic blast pattern but Port Alberni may stay in the fog today.

There are Arctic outflow warnings for the Fraser Valley and Howe Sound. That will give the potential for Strait effect snowfall in Nanaimo but it does not appear likely at this point.   It will make it feel very cold though on the East side.

It should be sunny Wednesday and Thursday but there is a chance the fog will stick around in Port Alberni and keep our temperature almost constant around freezing.

There is a chance for yet another bout of snowfall on Saturday! When will this winter end?! 🙂

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