Behind the Cold Front: Cold but Clear Weekend Ahead...Jan 3rd

  • As the cold front moved through Vancouver last night, winds gusted to over 80 km/h at YVR..still breezy this morning from the WNW but easing tonight
  • The same system brought over 20 fresh cm to Whistler and avalanche danger is now high for much of the BC interior with fresh storm snow
  • A building ridge of high pressure will keep skies clear through the weekend. Tomorrow morning may see some lingering low stratus in the strait and Burrard inlet once again but clearing out by mid-morning
  • Temps will drop below zero starting tonight and again tomorrow night. Afternoon highs will be on the cool side - 7 today but dropping to 3 for Sunday
Taken this morning from our Gastown weather cam

Blizzard Hits Atlantic Canada
  • Snow, strong winds, and frigid temps have been on-going in Halifax and much of southern NS for the past +12 hours
  • Blizzard warnings remain in effect for NS where +15 cm has already fallen along with +70 km/h gusts and -35 wind chills
  • Few more hours of snow for Halifax before conditions start to improve this afternoon but gutsy winds & cold tempos will remain
  • The blizzard has now started for Newfoundland is the system tracks NE...snow will become heavy at times before ending early Saturday morning. Total snowfall amounts will range from 15-35 cm over portions of the Burin and Avalon peninsulas...along with 90 km/h gusts will give near zero visibilities in snow and blowing snow overnight.
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Halifax this morning

U.S. Blizzard Impacts
  • New England is digging out from the same powerful winter storm that walloped the region with raging winds and blinding snow last night.
  • Looks like Atmospheric pressure within the center of storm's circulation dropped from 1012 mb down to 986 mb in 24 hours - a meteorological "bomb". 
  • It dumped 60 cm of snow in Boxford, Mass., and 45 cm in parts of western New York near Rochester. 33 cm of snow fell in Boston, while Lakewood, N.J., got 25 cm and New York City's Central Park got 15 cm
  • Today is a digging out day with wind chills still at dangerous levels.. warming up for the end of the weekend but a new storm system may bring icy conditions to some for Sunday

Historic Cold Across the East
  • Many daily low temperature records were broken this morning across eastern Canada including Buttonville at -25.2. Pearson saw it's coldest temp almost a decade at -23.8. With the wind chill Southern Ontario woke up to -42 to -45 wind chills
  • So rare is this kind of cold in Southern Ontario, lots of reports of creaks and bangs last night when moisture froze in decks, roofs and underground. The underground variety led to some loud bangs and shaking as freezing water expanded and released the pressure underground. 'Frost Quakes' is the 'Sharknado' name people are using but technically 'cryoseism'. Not tectonic related but Earthquakes Canada confirming that was what likely happened. 
  • Extreme cold in place again tonight for Atlantic Canada with wind chill warnings in place.. On/QC will get a bit of a warm-up tomorrow but another deep freeze is tracking west to east across the Prairies today - dropping temps out east once again for earlier next week
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Morning temperatures across the country.. before you factor in a wind chill

Another Snowstorm for Ontario this Weekend
  • A low pressure system is forecast to develop over Oklahoma Saturday then intensify and track northeastward to cross Southern Ontario Sunday night.
  • Snow is expected over southern ON & QC Sunday and will persist into Monday morning over Eastern Ontario. The snow may change to freezing rain over Eastern Ontario early Monday. Current indications are that many places will see snowfall amounts of 15 to 20 cm.
  • Behind the storm Monday bitterly cold west to northwest winds will produce blowing and drifting snow. Furthermore, snow squalls are forecast to develop off Lake Huron and Georgian Bay Monday and persist into mid week.
  • Special weather statement already in place:

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