Fri. Dec 14th, 2018

Snow reaches Nanaimo – major rain event shaping up

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - WIND WARNING IN EFFECT
    Issued: 3:52 PM PST Friday 14 December 2018

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PST Friday 14 December 2018 - Friday night: Rain ending this evening then cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Wind east 30 km/h becoming southwest 50 gusting to 90 early this evening then light late this evening. Low plus 3. Saturday: Cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers in the morning. Rain beginning near noon. High 6. Saturday night: Rain. Temperature steady near plus 5. Sunday: Rain. High 6. Sunday night: Rain. Low 6. Monday: Rain. High 7. Monday night: Rain. Low 6. Tuesday: Rain. High 7. Tuesday night: Rain. Low 7. Wednesday: Rain. High 8. Wednesday night: Rain. Low plus 5. Thursday: Periods of rain. High 7.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    6.4° C
    -0.3 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    100.29 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    S 15.3 km/h
    gusting 25.7 km/h
    Humidity
    78 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    3.4° C
    Heat Index
    6.4° C
    Dewpoint
    2.9° C
    UV
    0.0
    Solar
    0 W/m2
    Last Updated: 20:40:00 PST
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    43.9 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    07:28
    Moon Phase
    First quarter (47% full)
    Civil Set
    16:59
    Day Length
    12:14:00
    Day High
    10.6° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low
    6.4° C @ 20:28 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    9.1mm/hr @ 08:02 Tdy.
    Day High Barometer
    100.36 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    99.05 kPa @ 14:44 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    0.3° C @ 17:37 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    10.6° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 39.7km/h @ 17:30 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    32W/m2 @ 14:11 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    0.0 @ 00:00 Tdy.

Update 4: 3:15PM: snow is all done in Nanaimo and everywhere else it appears. Sun is breaking through and slush is melting. But it has that chill in the air… Everyone bundle up tonight, -7C forecast, expect ice tomorrow!

Update 3: 12:14PM: It is snowing moderately at VIU campus and it is now sticking. Be careful on the roads around Nanaimo.

Update 2: 8:30AM: It is currently snowing lightly at VIU campus is clear. Roads aren’t great but OK, drive safe.

Update 1: 8AM: It is currently snowing heavily at VIU but the campus is clear.

The snow officially reached the East Coast last night. There are varying amounts but nothing over 5cm by the looks of it between QB and Nanaimo.

There is still a snowfall warning up for points north of Qualicum.

The skies should clear tonight and give us our coldest weather yet with a low tomorrow morning predicted to reach -7C and -3C on Sunday. I am a little skeptical that our fog will allow the temperature to drop that far. It all depends on if there is enough dry air to push it out and lower the temperature.

Regardless, if we don’t see any significant warming on Sunday then sunday night will be interesting as what looks like the beginnings of our first big rain event sweeps in.

At this point it looks like a classic dump of heavy, wet, snow Sunday Night and Monday morning followed by 2 days of steady rain which should push 100-150mm by the time the rain stops on Thursday.

Safe driving.

3 thoughts on “Snow reaches Nanaimo – major rain event shaping up

  1. Well, I think if it would have stayed clear, that -7 would have been do-able… looks like it has clouded/fogged over, and the temp is rising at the moment, or at least it is here on the south end of town.

  2. We were in the snow in North Nanaimo on Friday. It sure wasn’t moderate! Visibility was 100 yards at best, and they weren’t snowflakes coming down, but friggin snowballs! Yikes!

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