Rain to Start to the Week, Sun & Cold Back Tomorrow...Nov 18th

  • A westerly flow ahead of a Pacific low pressure system will continue to usher in rounds of showers today to Metro Vancouver
  • Steadier rain is on tap for this evening before finally ending overnight
  • The same system will then bring snowfall amounts of up to 40 cm for Highway 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass by Tuesday morning. With other mountain passes getting as much as 25 cm
  • Behind the system, winds will shift for a gusty northwesterly flow starting early tomorrow morning. This will bring a great stretch of sunny weather starting tomorrow, along with below seasonal temperatures and overnight night lows below zero this week
  • At this point it looks like we keep the sunny but cool weather right through to next weekend

A November tornado outbreak for the record books
  • A strong cold front cut into unseasonably warm air last night bringing dozens of tornadoes to the Midwest and Ohio Valley. 8 people were killed and hundreds of homes were destroyed. 
  • The outbreak was one of the worst on record during November. The National Weather Service issued over 400 severe weather warnings and logged 83 reports of tornados (the actual number will be lower though)
  • The most devastating tornado occurred in Washington, Illinois, where a tornado - with a preliminary rating of EF-4 (on the 0-5 scale) - damaged or destroyed 250-500 homes. A second EF-4-rated twister touched down in New Minden, Illinois.
  • After a fairly 'quiet' season, forecasters saw thi one coming days in advance. November is not typically the 'busiest' tornado season in the US but they do get them all year round
  • Criticism that NFL did not cancel the Chicago game and had to instead evacuate the stadium when the storm was overhead
  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2013/11/18/a-november-tornado-outbreak-for-the-record-books/

Ontario Impact
  • The same cold front cut through southern Ontario last night bringing thunderstorms and gusty winds. Winds of over 100 km/h were reported near the lower Great Lakes and as of 11 am: 87,576 costumers were without power due to the high winds. 
  • The top of the low pressure system is now bringing heavy snow and blizzard conditions to Northern Ontario

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