A Cold & Wet Fri/Sat, Snow Levels Dropping....Great Ski Day Tomorrow!
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In a nutshell, almost the whole country is feeling a blast of Winter today. Almost all of the provinces under some kind of snow or ice warning except SK, MB who are still well below seasonal and getting light snow this weekend.. and NL who is actually not that bad today with sunshine albeit cool temps. Well at least most of us are in solidarity.. Very generally looks like some see-sawing temps for the next week for Canada with the hope of a bigger cross-country warm-up starting April 22nd week in the Prairies.
- A cold Pacific system is pushing a set of fronts onto the south coast today. Rain began for YVR around 11am and will continue to push across the southern province today
- The cold front will push through Vancouver this evening bringing brisk westerly winds and a drop in temperatures
- The snow level will drop to about 750 m through this evening. A special weather statement is in place for the coq: Hope to Merritt, Hwy 3: Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass & Trans Canada Highway: Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass- all the usual suspects for higher elevation mountain pass snow. 10-20 cm is likely by tomorrow with 15 cm for the coq. Reduced visibility with blowing winds will make driving very tricky
- Of course this means we could be talking about the last good ski run of the season! 10-20 cm for the local mountains
- Unseasonably cool (4-5 degrees below) and unsettled air behind this front will remain in place for Saturday & Sunday with lingering showers for the first half of Saturday before clearing out. We should see some sun Sat afternoon. Sunday is a tough one though:
- A northerly flow sets up for Sunday which will continue to dry the atmosphere out but the models are having a tough time agreeing on how much sun we will see Sunday through to mid next week. Keeping a risk of showers for Sunday I'm afraid
- There could also be isolated t-storms with Small hail on Saturday because of the unstable atmosphere.
Watching the coq for messy driving tonight
Ice Storm Now A Snow Storm for Southern Quebec
- The bulk of the freezing rain is now moving out of southern Ontario- the band is currently moving through the Ottawa region bringing ice pellets and freezing rain
- A state of emergency was declared in the Township of Wellesley (Waterloo Reg.) Lots of damage to trees and power lines
- Meanwhile snow started for Montreal this morning- already ~5cm on the ground. Montreal will likely see closer to 10 cm but higher elevation sin southern Quebec could get as much as 20 cm
- Here is the latest on the storm impacts for anyone out on Ontario:
The Maritimes Getting Hit Next: Starting this Evening
- Snowfall warnings are in place for most of NB, PEI & NS for 5-10 cm by Saturday
- The system will start off as rain this afternoon before changing to snow this evening. So for our showtime things will be changing over if we use live shots etc
- A lot of uncertainty in the track and a slight shift in the path could significantly increase the amounts
- Halifax is under a winter storm watch because ice pellets & freezing rain will mix in with the snow. Again changeover will happen this evening
And It's Winter for the Prairies As Well!
- The same low pressure system hitting BC with a big cool-down and higher elevation snow will track into AB tonight
- A band of heavy snow will move through Edmonton beginning tonight (close to showtime) for up to 20 cm by Sunday
- This system will bring flurries and light Snow to SK & MB for the weekend