Drivers: Cold and Sleet early Friday… Snowy and Stormy in store for Saturday

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    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PST Tuesday 20 February 2018 - Tuesday night: Clearing early this evening. Increasing cloudiness before morning. Low minus 6. Wednesday: Cloudy. Periods of snow beginning in the morning and ending late in the afternoon. Amount 2 to 4 cm. High zero. Wednesday night: Clearing in the evening. Low minus 7. Thursday: A mix of sun and cloud. High plus 5. Thursday night: Periods of snow. Low minus 4. Friday: Periods of snow. High plus 4. Friday night: Cloudy. Low minus 2. Saturday: Cloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries or rain showers. High plus 5. Saturday night: Cloudy periods. Low minus 1. Sunday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 6. Sunday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of rain showers or flurries. Low minus 1. Monday: Cloudy. High 7.

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Now… back to the weather….

We are into a pretty unstable and cool pattern. Temperatures aren’t expected to get above 4ºC from today until Sunday.

Showers should start Thursday evening in the 7PM hour (in grey below) with snow at higher elevations (in green).

It will be short lived though and spotty.

Beware:  There is snow predicted to fall Friday morning, in the 3AM-4AM time period but switching to rain in the following two hours.

However, the temperatures are so borderline that this could fall as either snow, or sleet, or rain.  So expect nothing, or a bit of a mess, when you wake up on Friday morning.

Spotty showers or flurries at higher elevations should continue on Friday.. the Hump, Sutton and Malahat passes or inland parts of the Island might have some messy weather so be prepared.

The main show begins on Friday night and early Saturday morning as a front sweeps in with widespread rain at lower elevations and snow at higher elevations.  Looks like another base-maker at Mt. Washington starting around 1AM Saturday!

Precipitation might be strong enough, and temperatures cool enough, for wet snow to fall, particularly on the east side of the Island. (in green)

It is also going to be windy… so driving conditions are probably going to be treacherous.

You can see the winds spinning offshore and howling in the Strait in the picture above.

It should all end as the low comes onto Vancouver Island around 10AM.

Buckle up! It’s going to be another wild weekend of weather!

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