Well, all of the models say we will get a little snow on Thursday. Some say very little (less than a centimetre), some say up to 5cm. Either way it’s not much, but it’s enough to make the snow lovers happy and make the roads potentially a mess, so please be careful.
It should be strongest around 2PM and then be done to on and off flurries in the evening before drying up before midnight.
As you can see the rest of the central and north Island will be getting more than us. Most notably, the West Coast looks like it might get more than 5cm. Courtenay and Campbell River should as well. Mt. Washington will too, though I suspect not enough to open the hill.
Please be careful driving anywhere tomorrow. There will almost certainly be snow on both the Hump and Sutton Pass as well as any highways north of Parksville.
Oh, and I forgot to include Environment Canada’s Special Weather Statement which mentions Alberni in particular:
Issued at 2013-12-04 23:25 UTC by Environment Canada:
Special weather statement issued for:
East Vancouver Island, B.C. (081300)
West Vancouver Island, B.C. (081400)
Inland Vancouver Island, B.C. (081500)
Snowfall amounts up to 5 cm expected for Thursday.
A low pressure system will track southward along the west coast of Vancouver Island on Thursday. Flurries are expected to develop overnight across Northern Vancouver Island and later on Thursday morning across Victoria and Southern Vancouver Island. Snowfall amounts of 2 to 5 centimetres are expected by Thursday evening. The highest amounts are expected over the interior of the island which include the island highway, Malahat summit and higher sections of the Alberni Highway. Most of the snow will end Thursday evening, however there may still be isolated flurries along the eastern and southern sides of the island as outflow reestablishes itself across the Strait of Georgia.
The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.