Sat. Feb 23rd, 2019

The cold is here. East side Snowfall warning. Snowing in Ladysmith.

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

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PST Saturday 23 February 2019 - Saturday night: Rain showers and flurries changing to a few flurries near midnight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 1. Wind chill minus 3 overnight. Sunday: Clearing in the morning. High 7. UV index 2 or low. Sunday night: Clear. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 5. Wind chill near minus 7. Monday: Sunny. High plus 5. Monday night: Clear. Low minus 6. Tuesday: Sunny. High plus 4. Tuesday night: Clear. Low minus 7. Wednesday: Snow. High plus 3. Wednesday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of rain showers or flurries. Low zero. Thursday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries or rain showers. High 7. Thursday night: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of rain showers or flurries. Low zero. Friday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 7.

  • Current Conditions
    1.7° C
    -0.5 ° C/hr
    101.75 kPa
    N/A 0.0 km/h
    gusting 0.0 km/h
    96 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    1.7° C
    Heat Index
    1.7° C
    1.1° C
    0 W/m2
    Last Updated: 21:45:00 PST
    Click to Refresh or See All Conditions
  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    0.5 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    Moon Phase
    Waning gibbous (73% full)
    Civil Set
    Day Length
    Day High
    6.9° C @ 14:00 Tdy.
    Day Low
    -1.6° C @ 01:46 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    Day High Barometer
    101.77 kPa @ 11:29 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.51 kPa @ 00:13 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    -1.6° C @ 01:46 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    6.9° C @ 14:00 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 14.6km/h @ 15:05 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    650W/m2 @ 12:25 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    1.7 @ 12:25 Tdy.

Updates… most recent at top.

Original Post

It is 0°C and the windchill so far this morning in Port Alberni has been down to -3°C. It will get colder. There is a snowfall warning.

The easterly outflow winds are blowing across the Strait onto the east side of the Island and that is going to produce snow squalls that could dump 5-15cm (2-6in) of snow anywhere from Courtenay to Duncan. Where and when is not easy to predict and will change throughout the day so stay alert.

If you are driving on the Inland Island Highway or Malahat, expect snow! There is already snow building over the Strait on the radar and some reaching the Island just south of Nanaimo and in Ladysmith.

Keep an eye on the radar and Drive BC cameras (click the images above) for where the snow is.

Port Alberni does not usually get snow from these types of events as we are protected by Mt. Arrowsmith and the Beauforts, but sometimes it trickles over into the far north reaches of the Valley.

It will feel cold though. Expect the temperature to drop all day. We will be down as low as -5°C by Monday morning and maybe lower. The cold is expected to last for a week and we might get more snow. Later next week.

I will post updates at the top of this page and on twitter through the day if something catches my eye. Take care out there. It is still winter!

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