Grey & Drizzly Start..Cooling down & Clearing up Mid-Week...Dec 16th

  • High pressure has moved in across the south coast, but instead of clearing skies out, it has trapped low-level clouds and moisture in place
  • The risk of drizzle will remain in the forecast this afternoon but a glimpse of the sun is also not out of the question - especially down towards Richmond and Delta later this afternoon/evening
  • A Pacific low pressure system will slide in early tomorrow morning bringing steadier rain for the morning commute. By the afternoon the rain should taper off to showers or drizzle
  • Temperatures today will remain at a mild 8 degrees for Vancouver but behind tomorrow's system, they will begin to drop
  • Tuesday afternoon highs of 5 or 6 and down to just a 2 by Thursday
  • But clearer skies are also in the forecast for Wed & Thu. Overnight lows will drop below zero so as a new system moves in for Friday, some areas may see a mix of snow and rain Thursday night and Friday morning before warming up Friday afternoon
A few holes in the clouds today, but more rain tomorrow morning

Eastern Canada Digs Out..Frigid Temps & More Snow on the Way
  • This weekend's big winter storm brought up to 30 cm and numerous traffic accidents & pile-ups in the first significant winter system to southern Ontario/Quebec.
  • It then tracked up the Atlantic coast, bringing 15-35 cm to the Maritimes as well as icy conditions, and then up to 40 cm to Newfoundland last night and this morning
  • As folks continue to dig out today, arctic air has settled in from Ontario through to Newfoundland. Toronto has issued as extreme cold alert for the city tonight for wind chills below minus 20
  • Meanwhile, an Alberta clipper system is crossing the Great lakes tonight for 2-5 cm more to Toronto, Ottawa & Montreal and 5-10 to the Maritimes tomorrow
  • For Newfoundland, this will mean another messy winter system to affect the rock on Wed and a special weather statement has already been issued for the additional snow
One Corner Brook resident is fighting back against winter, getting a good head start snow-blowing his driveway. (Brian McHugh/CBC)

Nice, but Short, Recovery for Western Canada Though
  • The table's have turned, as temperatures across BC and the Prairies rebound to seasonal temps over the next couple of days
  • After hitting a record cold -37C yesterday morning, Winnipeg has shot up to a balmy -2C this afternoon... an amazing 35C rise in about 30 hours. Warmest temp here since Nov 25th. 
  • Temperatures will begin dropping again through the week
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Arctic sea ice volume up 50%, But 2013 volume still among lowest of past 30 years
  • The volume of sea ice in the Arctic is 50 per cent higher than it was last fall, satellite measurements show.
  • In October 2013, the ESA satellite measured 9,000 cubic kilometres of sea ice on the Arctic Ocean. At the same time of year in 2012, it measured just 6,000 cubic kilometres -- a record low.
  • The satellite, launched in 2010, is designed to measure sea ice thickness across the Arctic Ocean, allowing scientists to monitor changes in volume and not just surface coverage.
  • Despite the short-term rebound, sea ice volumes remain low compared to historical averages, scientists say. 

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