Frigid night but no record – Possible snow on the warmup Tuesday.

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Record for January 12 was -15

It got plenty cold, and fast, yesterday but we didn’t set any records. As posted on Mastodon:

Looks like we “peaked” today at a balmy temperature of -4.0ºC in #PortAlberni. Our low this morning was -8.7ºC. The lowest windchill recorded was -14.1.

The official low at the Airport was -9.7ºC and lowest windchill was also -14.

Sorry folks, no records today! The lowest temp for this date at the Airport is -10.5ºC in 2017 and lowest all-time is -15.0ºC at Robertson Creek in 1993.

https://mstdn.ca/@alberniweather/111745356248122207

That should be the coldest we get for this Arctic outbreak. There was some dry snow on the east side of the Island from Nanaimo north but I haven’t seen anything more than a couple of fluffy centimetres.

Tuesday System Snow/Rain?

It will be a perfect winter weekend. Dry, cold, and hopefully sunny even in Port Alberni!

The pattern shifts again on Tuesday when a moderately strong system comes in from the Pacific.

Below is the 1-4PM view on Tuesday:

A band of precipitation approaches the west coast of North America on Tuesday afternoon

Whether the cold sticks around and produces a snow event, or it warms enough to just make a slushy mess or rain, it’s too early to tell.

We’ll watch the models over the weekend to see what they say. In the meantime, enjoy Winter while we have it!

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