Cold But Dry Weekend Ahead..Warming up Next Week...Jan 11

Temps at YVR got down to -4 last night! Back up to a 2 now but that's probably all we'll get for temps today...and through the weekend in fact.

Lots of sun though... a beautiful crisp day right across metro Vancouver...and much of BC in fact.

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Sky Blue Sky Friday

-The strong ridge will maintain it's northerly flow this weekend..and it looks like Saturday will get more sun thanm it looked like yesterday... cloudier for Sun/Mon though
-  Overnight lows will continue to drop to the -4 range with afternoon highs only a couple above zero at most. Icy roads will be something to watch for in the mornings
- By Tuesday of next week, our ridge starts to move out...bringing the winds in a more NW fashion...however no Pacific systems are racing to fill in the space so looks like we remain sunny...and warm for next week. A great forecast actually..
 
Tropical Cyclone Narelle Nears Australia...Incredible Pictures
- Severe tropical cyclone Narelle (in Auzzie met terminology) continues to strengthen as it moves slowly to the southwest over the open waters northwest of Western Australia.
- Sustained winds are ~200 km/h making it comparable to a cat 3 storm with more strengthening possible
- Although direct landfall is not expected at this time (still uncertainty in forecast)... winds will increase for coastal communities tomorrow  up to 125 km/h. Advisories are in place for the NW
- Areas along the immediate coastline should also be prepared for possible coastal flooding during high tides.
- (some video below of flying foxes (uh cute bats?) saved from the heat)
- Some absolutely incredible pictures of the cyclone out at sea..
- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2260560/Wall-sand-whipped-Tropical-Cyclone-Narelle-hits-Onslow-Western-Australia.html
- http://www.todaysthv.com/news/article/242762/288/Flying-foxes-fall-from-the-sky-in-Australia-heat
 
Cross-Canada Severe Weather Round-Up

Newfoundland:
- Official and unofficial snowfall reports indicate a widespread 25-55 cm snowfall accumulations so far through this afternoon with higher amounts likely over some areas.
- Some great still pics on twitter and I'm sure lots of video- drifts are probably the most impressive with the constant NE 100+km/h wind gusts leading to 1-2 m snow drifts
- TONS of flight cancellations, schools & business closures etc
- Another 5 cm of snow but the worst is over...however 70-90 km/h winds will continue through to this evening so clean-up won't be easy
Prairies
- A low pressure system continues to track across the Priaires..bringing the worst of the weather (snow, winds and frigid wind chills) to Manitoba today.
- Southern Alberta over the past 18 hours:
Lethbridge Airport                         24 cm
Medicine Hat Airport                       16 cm
Pincher Creek climate                      24 cm
Hidden valley ski area                     20 cm
- Snowfall amounts of 15-25 cm have fallen so far across portions of Southern Saskatchewan with another 5 to 10 cm possible in the warning area before the snow ends today.
- While the snow will ease this afternoon, the cold north wind will continue through most of the day maintaining areas of blowing snow. The winds will ease later this afternoon into this evening. Travel is still not advised on many highways in the warning area today with some local road closures.
- Now, the worst of it is pushing into Southern Manitoba/Northern Ontario over the next 24 hours where blizzard/winter storm warnings are in effect
- The worst of the blizzard will be happening this evening for Winnipeg & Kenora
Southern/Eastern Ontario
- A warm front is bringing freezing rain to the Ottawa region today before changing to rain this evening
- Behind the front, a very mild airmass will spread across southern Ontario today & tomorrow bringing temps up to the double digits by tomorrow....but it will cone with fog & rain... and then big cool-down for early next week
 
Galaxy crash sparks large spiral
-An international team of astronomers says analysis of NASA data on a distant stellar system has led them to crown it the largest-known spiral galaxy.
- The spectacular barred spiral galaxy NGC 6872, long ranked among the biggest observed stellar systems, spans more than 522,000 light-years, making it more than five times the size of our Milky
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2013/01/10/Data-confirms-largest-known-spiral-galaxy/UPI-91481357866981/
 
New Discoveries Possible in Antarctic Lake
- Russian researchers say they've obtained the first sample of transparent ice from the water of a unique sub-glacial lake in Antarctica.
- The scientists have drilled into Lake Vostok, sealed for the last 20 million years beneath Antarctica's ice sheet at a depth of 2.3 miles
- Vostok, the largest of Antarctica's buried network of icebound lakes, may reveal new forms of life and show how life evolved before the ice age
 

Vancouver Weather

Sunday

Chance of showers

20°C

Monday

Chance of showers

22°C

Tuesday

Cloudy

19°C

Wednesday

Cloudy

20°C

Thursday

A mix of sun and cloud

22°C