Tue. Jul 16th, 2019

Snow reaches Nanaimo – major rain event shaping up

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

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Tuesday 16 July 2019 - Tuesday night: Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers early this evening. Rain beginning near midnight. Low 14. Wednesday: Rain ending late in the morning then cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Becoming windy near noon. High 22. UV index 3 or moderate. Wednesday night: Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers in the evening. Low 12. Thursday: Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. High 19. Thursday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 8. Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 23. Friday night: Cloudy periods. Low 10. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 25. Saturday night: Clear. Low 12. Sunday: Sunny. High 24. Sunday night: Clear. Low 12. Monday: Sunny. High 24.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    23.5° C
    0.2 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.29 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    SSE 13 km/h
    gusting 27 km/h
    Humidity
    53 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    23.5° C
    Heat Index
    23.5° C
    Dewpoint
    13.4° C
    UV
    1.9
    Solar
    284 W/m2
    Last Updated: 17:45:00 PDT
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  • Today's Almanac
    Rain since Midnight
    0.0 mm
    Continuous Rainfall (< 24hr gap)
    1.5 mm since
    July 15, 2019 00:07
    Civil Rise
    04:49
    Moon Phase
    Full (100% full)
    Civil Set
    22:00
    Day Length
    13:25:19
    Day High
    24.6° C @ 13:36 Tdy.
    Day Low
    15.5° C @ 02:27 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    101.7 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.29 kPa @ 17:44 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    15.5° C @ 02:27 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    24.6° C @ 13:36 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 19km/h @ 17:30 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    1194W/m2 @ 13:30 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    7.5 @ 12:43 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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