We're in the middle of February and about to enter the most active weather stretch we've had since last winter with significant low pressure systems lining up one after another.
So I heard it snowed on Mt. Washington?
What you've seen so far is an appetizer compared to what's on the menu for the next 3-5 days.
But first, I want to try to explain where the storms are coming from, and where the storm breeding ground is located
This is for anyone who was a little curious where storms...you know...did their dirty work.
It's almost like the resilient North Pacific ridge never existed!
It's now been replaced with a deep, healthy trough. The conveyor belt of storms is lining up, baby. Be careful what you wished for.
Time: Tonight- Friday AM
- Strong SE winds for northern Vancouver Island (50 Knot gusts possible in Georgia Strait)
- Heavy rains with associated frontal system. Some rainfall totals will exceed 20 mm in a six hour period for western Vancouver Island
- Heavy mountain snows (20-30 cm+)
Time Frame: Saturday
- Yet again strong SE winds
- possible wind warnings
- Heavy lowland rains
- Heavy Mountain snows (20-30 cm+)
- MM5- NAM model has a 977 mb low crossing Vncouver Island Saturday evening. This has to be watched closely next couple model runs to see if other models follow suit
Storm 3: The Grand Finale
Time: Sunday AM-Monday AM
- Mountain snow: Holy *&#@. I don't want to put out a number yet, but it will impress you. I promise
- Rain: 50 mm + for the lowlands with 100 + mm possible for the North Shore mountains
- Wind ++
- More details in a later post
And then...a cooling trend is in the forecast for next week, which will bring lowering snow levels and the possibility of bringing some wet snow down to sea level, especially for northern sections of Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.