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 Sunday 22 April 2018 - Sunday night: Clear. Fog patches developing overnight. Low plus 1. Monday: Mainly sunny. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 18. UV index 5 or moderate. Monday night: Partly cloudy. Low plus 4. Tuesday: Cloudy. High 21. Tuesday night: Clear. Low plus 5. Wednesday: Sunny. High 24. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 6. Thursday: Sunny. High 26. Thursday night: Clear. Low 7. Friday: Sunny. High 19. Friday night: Cloudy periods. Low 9. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 15.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    14.5° C
    -0.6 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    102.71 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    NE 3.0 km/h
    gusting 12.9 km/h
    Humidity
    45 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    14.5° C
    Heat Index
    14.5° C
    Dewpoint
    2.7° C
    UV
    0.0
    Solar
    48 W/m2
    Last Updated: 18:45:00 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
    05:38
    Moon Phase
    First quarter (52% full)
    Civil Set
    20:58
    Day Length
    13:17:39
    Day High
    16.3° C @ 15:04 Tdy.
    Day Low
    2.0° C @ 04:45 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:05
    Day High Barometer
    103.17 kPa @ 08:13 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    102.71 kPa @ 18:44 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    2.0° C @ 04:45 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    16.3° C @ 15:04 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 12.4km/h @ 16:20 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    914W/m2 @ 13:31 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    4.7 @ 13:07 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 Replies to “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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