Weekend Weather Adventure – More possible snow Tues Morn. Then drier?

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

    Forecast Issued 07:40 AM PDT Sunday 22 April 2018 - Sunday: Mainly sunny. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 15. UV index 4 or moderate. Sunday night: Clear. Low plus 1. Monday: Mainly sunny. High 18. Monday night: Cloudy periods. Low plus 4. Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 19. Tuesday night: Clear. Low plus 5. Wednesday: Sunny. High 23. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 6. Thursday: Sunny. High 25. 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
    3.9° C
    2.8 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    103.2 kPa
    rising
    Wind
    WSW2 km/h
    gusting 0.0 km/h
    Humidity
    90 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    NA° C
    Heat Index
    7.7° C
    Dewpoint
    2.4° C
    UV
    3.0
    Solar
    701 W/m2
    Last Updated: 10:50:00 PDT
    Station Reports Delayed
    10 minutes
    Showing Nearest Official Station

    Observed at: Port Alberni 10:00 AM PDT Sunday 22 April 2018
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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 (48% full)
    Civil Set
    20:58
    Day Length
    13:17:39
    Day High
    7.7° C @ 10:49 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
    103.07 kPa @ 00:05 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    2.0° C @ 04:45 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    7.7° C @ 10:49 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 3.2km/h @ 04:50 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    747W/m2 @ 10:21 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    3.1 @ 10:49 Tdy.

So we had quite the weekend, but not really in the way we had anticipated. We got a little wind, but compared to Victoria and Vancouver, nothing too strong.

No, our story was unexpected (though it perhaps should not have been) snow.

This was the scene on Sunday afternoon:

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This heavy snow was completely missed by the forecast, and reports quickly emerged that it was even worse on the Hump and Sutton pass.

Indeed, the day before I was stuck 5km West of the West Bay hotel on Sproat Lake due to a minor car accident caused by a sudden onslaught of snow that looked like this:

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If you are on the roads this week. Be prepared. We came out ok because we had good winter tires and a pretty decent little car in the snow. But others on the highway with us were completely caught out with bald tires, no traction, and damage because of it. This could repeat Tuesday and Wednseday.

I believe the main reason for this snowfall was the fact that we were just slightly removed from the main force of the weekend storms to our south. So we did not get the winds mixing down into the lower atmosphere like our more southerly neighbours. However, we still got heavy precipitation, which started as rain, and eventually dragged the temperature down from 2-3C to 1C… and snow.

Will it happen again? Yes, I believe it could.

We will get heavy precipitation Tuesday morning.

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And we might get more Wednesday morning as well, though it looks like a weaker system.

By Thursday the jetstream is starting to look like it’s going to shift back into kinked mode. Here it is today:

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Thursday:

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Saturday:

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And Monday:

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We will see if this long range forecast comes true… But if it does it would mean a quick end to our return to normal wet, and snowy, winter weather, and back to a dry pattern.

The good news is, our snowpack got a bunch of help with these couple of storms. The little blue line finally has a tiny uptick to cheer for:

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Gotta start somewhere. Happy Monday all and safe driving!