Mon. Aug 20th, 2018

Snow coming – but how much?

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - SPECIAL AIR QUALITY STATEMENT IN EFFECT
    Issued: 04:03 AM PDT Monday 20 August 2018

    Forecast Issued 05:00 AM PDT Monday 20 August 2018 - Monday: Overcast. Widespread smoke. High 26. Humidex 28. UV index 3 or moderate. Monday night: Overcast. Widespread smoke. Low 11. Tuesday: Overcast. Widespread smoke. High 26. Humidex 31. UV index 3 or moderate. Tuesday night: Cloudy periods. Low 11. Wednesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 27. Wednesday night: Cloudy periods. Low 12. Thursday: Sunny. High 23. Thursday night: Clear. Low 11. Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 24. Friday night: Cloudy periods. Low 12. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 20. Saturday night: Cloudy periods. Low 13. Sunday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 21.

  • Current Conditions
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    Wind Chill
    13.3° C
    Heat Index
    13.3° C
    11.9° C
    51 W/m2
    Last Updated: 7:35:00 PDT
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  • Day Almanac
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    First quarter (72% full)
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    17.0° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low
    13.2° C @ 06:44 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    Day High Barometer
    101.86 kPa @ 07:28 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.67 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    13.2° C @ 06:44 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    17.0° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 0.0km/h @ 00:05 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    53W/m2 @ 07:34 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    0.0 @ 00:00 Tdy.

So the question in the next 48 hours will be not whether we get snow, we will. The question will be how much and for how long.

Environment Canada has issued a Snowfall Warning….. [edit: oops! not just for us, for the East Coast, South Island, Gulf Islands, Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast too!)

Here’s what the models say:

It will likely start around Thursday 4AM:
Temperature (blue is 0 or below):


The models predict a switch to rain by around 1PM as you can see here the temperature goes into the green:

So according to these models, we might not get that much snow out of the deal. But, models are never 100% and for those of you at the Lake or going over Sutton Pass, expect the snow to hold on longer.

What I *don’t* see coming that has been predicted over the past few days, is a big warm up back to the 5-8C range. None of the models are predicting that, nor have they at any point. So I think that may have been a little wishful thinking. I will expect temperatures to not go too much above freezing, just enough to switch to rain, but not much more than that.

In fact, going into the first week of December, we look to be going back into the deep freeze…. and for longer this time.

Enjoy! And stay safe.

6 thoughts on “Snow coming – but how much?

  1. The cold air usually lasts about 24 hours longer here than the rest of the Island, but the overnight temperature at the airport increased from -11C at 11pm to -6C at 6 this morning. It’ll be interesting!

  2. The thing is…… never happens when they say it will. They don’t seem to know how to forecast for us! It’s always a crap shoot.

  3. Bill: I noticed the temperature rise this morning as well. We’ll see how far up it gets with the cloud cover today.

    Linda: You bet it does! It’s currently snowing lightly in Nanaimo.

    Eve: Don’t you know it. Personally, I think it has a lot to do with a lack of human eyeballs on the ground. Weather is just too variable in our region depending on where you are to make all the decisions from a front office. And that includes me, using the models. We’re all just looking at the same computer stuff. Need more real people!

  4. Hey Chris..Do you know when the snow will change to rain today approx? We have a bet going on, and im trying to cheat abit

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