Big Storm for BC Starting Tonight...Nov 1st

  • Strong winds, heavy rain, and snow for the mountain passes will begin tonight and last through Saturday for much of southern BC
  • An intense low pressure system is bringing the punch and is currently on track to come ashore somewhere near the south coast for tomorrow. The exact track is still hard to determine, so areas to see the strongest wind & rain may shift
  • Rain will begin this evening - likely around the 7 pm hour for Vancouver, becoming heaviest overnight tonight and tomorrow morning
  • Rainfall warnings are in place for Metro Vancouver & western Fraser Valley for 50-80 mm starting tonight. Highest amounts will be towards the north shore
  • The system will also bring in cooler air, dropping snow levels to around 900 m for 15-25 cm for the Chilcotin region (under a snowfall warning) through Saturday as well as 5-10 cm for the high way passes tonight, and another 10-20 cm for the passes tomorrow. Winter driving will be treacherous at times. 10+ cm for Whistler too
  • Finally, winds will be strong, with westerlies gusting to 50 km/h for Vancouver through to tomorrow morning before switching from the north by tomorrow evening
  • The winds will usher in cooler air for Sunday into Monday with clearing conditions but an arctic chill in the air. So snow should stick around at higher elevations
Snapshot (with RPM 12 km model) of 4 am Saturday across the south coast when storm will be hitting hardest

ON/QC Wind Storm Now Moving Through Atlantic Canada
  • Very strong winds hit Ontario & Quebec hard yesterday along a fast-moving cold front
  • Several regions of Quebec have been affected by power outages as well as wind damage and one person was killed in Port Colborne, ON when a tree fell on their car
  • Wind warnings remain in place all along the St Lawrence river and as well as parts of the Maritimes and southern NFLD
  • The strongest winds and heaviest rain will hit the east coast this evening before starting to die down over night
Trees down in Oshawa after big winds last night for Ontario & Quebec

Cold & Snowy Prairies This Weekend
  • Cooler air is back for the Prairies with afternoon highs staying in the minus and windchills in the minus double digits!
  • Parts of southern Alberta will see +10 cm of snow through the weekend with cold easterly winds

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