Snow!! Warnings Out for Winter Driving Tomorrow AM...Dec 19th
- Snowfall warnings are in place for much of the province as a warm front approaching our coast brings lots of moisture for the cold air that is in place. Tomorrow morning will be a race between how much it snows, and how fast temps warm-up
- Parts of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley could see up to 10 cm of snow by tomorrow mid-morning. Inland and locations at higher elevations will be the ones getting close to the 10 cm mark
- As for Vancouver, at first check at the forecast, the snow looks to start this evening spreading from the NW to the SE around 8 pm
- Snow is likely to continue falling through the morning commute on Friday - for totals between 2-5 cm for downtown Vancouver and areas closer to the water.
- As the wind picks up later Friday morning, snow should change to rain near the immediate coast but further inland and over higher terrain, snowfall accumulations will probably reach 10 cm or more before tapering off to light rain or drizzle by late Friday afternoon.
- Temperature will slowly climb back up to 4 or 5 by Saturday and back to a seasonal 5 or 6 by Sunday. A few showers in the mix with a moist westerly flow behind the system
Messy Tomorrow AM for Toronto As Well..Bigger Ice Concerns for Sunday
- As we head into the biggest travel weekend of the year, 2 storms will be hitting Toronto - one tomorrow morning and a second storm for Sunday. All the major US eastern seaboard hubs will be hits as well..with something
- A wintry mix is expected over Southern Ontario tonight, Friday, and Friday night. A break Saturday, then potential ice storm for some areas Saturday evening into Sunday.
- Lots of uncertainty in what exactly will be falling and where, but the current assessment suggests areas from Barrie to Ottawa are likely to see mainly snow with total snow amounts near 10 cm tonight into Friday evening.
- South of this line, (Toronto incl) little snowfall is expected but we could be talking rain, freezing rain or ice pellets.
- The next storm system is expected to tap into moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. There is a risk that this could be a major ice storm for an appreciable swath of Southern Ontario Sat night and Sun.
Impact South of the Border
- Roughly 94.5 million people will travel 80 km or more over the holiday season in the US
- Most of the travel troubles will be caused by a single storm system forecast to affect much of the Central and Eastern states on Saturday and Sunday.
- The storm this weekend will bring a wide variety of weather ranging from temperature extremes to heavy snow, ice, flooding rain, fog, severe thunderstorms and the potential for tornadoes.
- Major airport hubs from Dallas to St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, New York City and Boston will be affected
Environment Canada Releases Top 10 Canadian Weather Events of 2013
- As would be expected Calgary and Toronto floods top the list
- Interesting other headlines: Bumper crop in West, Arctic ice, Great Lakes water both rebound
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