It will continue to not feel like Spring
It has been quite the end to February with all of the snow, treacherous driving, and uncertain forecasts. It doesn’t look like that is going to change.
The long range forecasts out to next week continue to have us often around freezing and with moisture producing flurries or snow in many regions of Vancouver Island.
Keep monitoring the Environment Canada warnings to see the most immediate concerns and keep an eye on DriveBC every morning especially. This morning was very slippery on Highway 19 and Highway 4 from Port Alberni all the way into Nanaimo.
What’s Next – Snow possible Friday, Saturday
The picture above looks like a bit of a confused mess but it indicates we are into an unstable pattern and might even see some thunderstorm activity up near the mountains of the North Shore or Beaufort.
There could be periods of snow all over the Island throughout Friday and Saturday as a low pressure centre just spins off of the coast of the Island.
Below is a picture of Saturday midday, with snow up near Courtenay and Campbell River, on the Hump, and near Lake Cowichan.
Things should settle down by Sunday and we might get some clear skies.
Low Lingers – Sets up more Pain for California
The low is expected to linger off of the West Coast of North America throughout the start of the week. You can see it below spinning off of the Columbia River. But it never really comes ashore.
Instead it seems to dissipate and get replaced by a new low around Tuesday a little further north which swings some more cold moisture our way and a big problem toward weather-weary California.
I’ll have the monthly summary up for February this weekend.