That is the question.
So far, it’s not looking pretty. This forecast will likely change, but here’s what the models (NAM and GFS) are saying.
First chance at precip starts at 4AM Friday, the coldest part of the day of course, soo….
Snow – to start starting light-getting heavier 4AM-9AM. We should be in the -2 to -5C range overnight Thursday/Friday. Plenty cold to turn even warm pineapple express rain to wet snow. Expect at least a little bit (<5CM) before things start to change. Sleet/Freezing Rain/Rain – 9AM-4PM through the day it is going to be ugly. If we are lucky, either the gods will make the arctic air hold strong and it all falls as snow… or pump up the heat and make it all rain, but both are unlikely at least for some portion of the day.
We will likely get a very nasty mix of sleet and freezing rain. The cold air and frozen ground will make for very treacherous conditions.
Rain: I expect it to turn to rain at some point. When will be the biggest question but I’m leaning towards evening time on Friday night. It will be heavy and if there is a lot of snow already on the ground, it will make a mess, and cause flooding.
Wind: Oh, but it doesn’t stop there. The pressure is slated to plummet to around 97kPa, that will mean that there will be strong wind with this storm. Whether it hits Port Alberni is always very hard to tell, but the West and East Coast will certainly get it. And combine it with mixed snow and it could be pretty terrible.
Tides: A little good news. Since we’re talking flooding potential, then we need to include Tides. Luckily, high tide is at 9AM on Friday, which should either be before everything turns to rain, or if it is rain to start, then it won’t be an issue. Low tide is at 4PM which is closer to the peak of the wind and rain, so hopefully Tides should not add to our potential problems.
There ya go. I will update again tomorrow with the new runs of the models.
Oh, and Thursday should be OK. 🙂 Nothing big to report, but it will be cold so any ice, snow, etc, expect it to be crusty and slippery. But you know that already! Stay safe!