May 30, 2020

Barometer Plunging – Winds Strong – Snow on Higher Passes

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - No watches or warnings in effect.

    Forecast Issued 11:00 AM PDT Saturday 30 May 2020 - Saturday: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 20. UV index 3 or moderate. Saturday night: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 11. Sunday: Cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers in the morning. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud in the afternoon. High 18. UV index 6 or high. Sunday night: Cloudy periods. Low 7. Monday: Sunny. High 21. Monday night: Clear. Low 8. Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 21. Tuesday night: Cloudy. Low 9. Wednesday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 17. Wednesday night: Cloudy periods. Low 9. Thursday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 17. Thursday night: Cloudy periods. Low 9. Friday: Cloudy. High 15.

The predicted storm has arrived.

It’s a beauty!

We are currently at 98.4kPa and the low is forecast to bottom out at around 97kPa so we have a ways to go yet.

Winds are calm in the Alberni Valley thanks to our protective mountain ranges but on the East and West Coast they are raging. I stepped off the bus at VIU and was greeted by driving rain and the sound of the flags flapping stiffly in the wind.

Expect cancellations on BC Ferries (many have already been cancelled this morning).

Whether Port Alberni gets any big winds remains to be seen, if it comes it will likely be before Noon but could be as late as 3PM or 5PM.

Oh, and the Hump was very slushy this morning. It should be melting and warming up there now but be careful. Sutton Pass is especially bad, as usual.