Fri. Feb 22nd, 2019

Snow Bust! Again! – But watch out East Island! Whiteout!

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

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PST Thursday 21 February 2019 - Thursday night: Cloudy. Periods of snow beginning late this evening. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 1. Wind chill minus 3 in the evening. Friday: Periods of snow ending near noon then cloudy with 40 percent chance of rain showers. Snowfall amount 2 to 4 cm. High 6. UV index 1 or low. Friday night: Cloudy. Flurries beginning late in the evening. Amount 2 cm. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 2. Wind chill near minus 4. Saturday: Flurries or rain showers. High plus 4. Saturday night: Clear. Low minus 4. Sunday: Sunny. High plus 5. Sunday night: Clear. Low minus 5. Monday: Sunny. High 7. Monday night: Clear. Low minus 5. Tuesday: Sunny. High 6. Tuesday night: Clear. Low minus 5. Wednesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High plus 5.

  • Current Conditions
    3.8° C
    0.2 ° C/hr
    101.64 kPa
    S 4.8 km/h
    gusting 11.3 km/h
    72 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    3.8° C
    Heat Index
    3.8° C
    -0.7° C
    0 W/m2
    Last Updated: 0:25:00 PDT
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    0.0 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    Moon Phase
    Waning gibbous (89% full)
    Civil Set
    Day Length
    Day High
    3.8° C @ 00:20 Tdy.
    Day Low
    3.6° C @ 00:04 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    Day High Barometer
    101.64 kPa @ 00:13 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.63 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    0.9° C @ 00:14 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    3.8° C @ 00:20 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 6.4km/h @ 00:20 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    0W/m2 @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    0.0 @ 00:00 Tdy.

We seem to have been bitten by a no-snow bug this year. This is the second time that we’ve been expecting significant snowfall only to end up with green grass.

At this point I would be surprised if we get anything at all over night. There doesn’t seem to be much moisture available at all. Instead the interest looks to be the low pressure that seems to be deepening a little more than expected and passing directly over us. I’ll be watching the barometer graph for a corresponding jump in the wind.

There is another consequence to that change in the forecast though, and that is that strong and cold Easterlies are slamming the East Coast and producing pretty good rain and snow mixes. Whiteout conditions have been reported as lately as 6:30 in Nanaimo!

Here’s the VIU/Parkway Hwy19 webcam:

It looks like the East Coast is going to get the best chance of a dump of snow.

They are getting hit pretty good right now on the radar:

And is showing that all parts of the East Coast north of Woodgrove Centre are below zero and ripe for snow.

Looks like they could get a dump, especially just a bit inland away from the water.

I would be most careful of the Eastern stretches of Highway 4 near Cameron Lake.

4 thoughts on “Snow Bust! Again! – But watch out East Island! Whiteout!

  1. I scraped off a pretty good amount of ice from the windshield this morning and literally slid into the parking lot in Qualicum this morning.  I wonder if we got some freezing rain over night or if it was just the clear skies after the snow/slush/rain.  There is about 2cm left on the ground here at VIU but it has obviously rained/sleeted more than that overnight.  

    Ice pellets are currently falling… 

    All in all, a beautiful morning! lol

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