Thu. Jan 17th, 2019

Rain then Flurries in transition. Snow dumps possible East/South Island

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

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PST Wednesday 16 January 2019 - Wednesday night: Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers this evening and after midnight. Showers beginning after midnight. Low plus 2. Thursday: Showers. Amount 5 to 10 mm. High plus 5. Thursday night: Rain. Amount 10 to 15 mm. Temperature steady near plus 5. Friday: Rain. High 7. Friday night: Rain. Low plus 5. Saturday: Showers. High 7. Saturday night: Showers. Low plus 3. Sunday: A mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of showers. High 6. Sunday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low plus 3. Monday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 7. Monday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low plus 4. Tuesday: Periods of rain. High 7.

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Before I get to the cold and snow and whatnot, let’s talk about Friday.

It is already showery out there, you can expect showers on and off all day. The models show the first shot of serious rain will start around 5-6PM.

That rain will last through the night but should dry up a bit on Saturday. The fun and intrigue begins on Sunday. What I will do now is turn it over to Environment Canada’s special weather statement, and augment their words with pictures. I will leave out the parts about the North Coast.

Warning Statement

Arctic air to reach the BC coast…
A major change in the weather pattern will occur this weekend and Monday. The change will take place in two steps – the arrival of a Pacific front followed by an Arctic front.
The Pacific front will cross the South Coast on Sunday night.


In the cool moist unstable air behind this system rain showers may turn to snow flurries – even at sea-level.
In this scenario, the intensity of the rain is important: the air will cool near heavy rainshowers and this cooling may prompt a local phase-change from rain to snow with local accumulations of a few centimetres.

Chris says: This scenario is the most likely one to cause snowfall in the Alberni Valley, but is also the most difficult to predict.

Late Monday the Arctic air will begin draining out of the South Coast mainland inlets. Residual moisture from the previous front may result in a brief period of snowflurries and local accumulations of a few centimetres. Again, with strong winds accompanying the flurries, local white-out conditions are possible in some preferred locations on the South Coast: Sumas Prairie in the Fraser Valley, Howe Sound and possibly the East Coast of Vancouver Island if the Arctic ‘push’ is strong enough.


By Tuesday morning the South Coast will be bathed in brilliant sunshine but the windchills will continue as usual in the Fraser Valley Howe Sound and the East Coast of Vancouver Island. Right now it appears the brilliant but cold conditions will persist through next week as another blocking ridge sets up over the Pacific. However an Arctic outbreak often leads to significant snowfall events on the BC coast.

And that’s all Environment Canada has to say for now. Stay tuned through the weekend. What is a sure thing at this point is the cold air is coming. What will make all the difference is how fast it comes and how much moisture is lingering, and how much instability there is on the East Coast for big snowfall, before everything dries out and it turns sunny.

Keep your eye on Facebook, Twitter, and this blog as I will update it tomorrow and Sunday too.

Fingers crossed for some fun, but safe, winter weather!