June 3, 2020

Possible snow tonight… next week is interesting

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

    Forecast Issued 11:00 AM PDT Wednesday 03 June 2020 - Wednesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 18. UV index 8 or very high. Wednesday night: Mainly cloudy. Low 8. Thursday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 20. UV index 7 or high. Thursday night: Cloudy. Low 8. Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 21. Friday night: Cloudy periods. Low 8. Saturday: Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. High 17. Saturday night: Cloudy with 70 percent chance of showers. Low 7. Sunday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 16. Sunday night: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 9. Monday: Cloudy. High 15. Monday night: Cloudy. Low 9. Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 18.

We could have a small accumulation of snow tonight if the fogs sticks around and the temperature stays about where it is now. I wouldn’t expect any serious accumulation in town, but on Sutton Pass and other high areas there should be a significant amount that will fall before turning to mostly rain.

That said the forecast models, GFS, CMC and Euro really has us on the brink of snow with temperatures only barely above freezing all weekend… but I think we’ll probably still break out above the snow line and get a bunch of rain this weekend.

Next week it starts to get more interesting. We will have some persistently cold air, no major Arctic air, but definitely below freezing, and it is not slated to really warm up next weekend when a low splits off from Alaska and slides down the coast… it is those lows that seem to draw air in from the Interior and give lake effect snow to Parksville and Nanaimo, and sometimes us (but generally not nearly as much). Here is the GFS model…

This is precipitation for next Sunday (the 20th) night… notice the low right off of the West Coast that is tracking in a southerly direction.

And here is temperature for the same period… very obviously, cold enough for snow.

So keep your eyes open for that late next week.

We will be getting lots of rain between now and Tuesday.

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