Break Today But More Rain & Mountain Snow Again Tonight...Feb 17th

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Stormy Weekend
  • Two separate storms this weekend brought heavy rain, mountain snow and strong winds to the south coast.
  • About 1,700 residents on B.C.'s south coast woke up to no power on Monday morning with some wind gusts of over 130 km/h on the island and I may have spent 7 hours on the Sea to Sky highway last night trying to get back from Whistler after a pile-up closed the 99 both ways for hours
  • Almost 130 cm has fallen at Whistler this past week with 53 cm in the past 2 days with reports of between 160-180 cm at the Coq Summit over the past week with 30 cm last night alone
  • Great summary of weekend winds from Environment Canada
  • A quick look at the snow pillow data for the south coast and snow totals are now climbing above the record minimums they sat at a week ago - although still below normal from what I can see
  • South of the border - the Cascade snowpack is now up to 74-84% normal. More snow this week will continue to improve our numbers   
More snow on the Sea to Sky Highway last night led to lots of spin-outs from those without snow tires

  • A short day's break today between storms yet again with just a risk for a few showers.
  • The next strong Pacific system will make landfall tomorrow morning, spreading rain across the south coast starting this evening. Winds will be gusty overnight as well 
  • Rain will continue through the overnight and into Tuesday morning before tapering to showers with 15-25 mm rainfall totals for Vancouver
  • Heavy snow will also continue for the mountains and mountain passes: another 31 cm of snow fell last night to the southern highway passes with another 5 to 10 cm today. The fresh storm that starts tonight will bring yet another 15 to 25 cm by Tuesday night.
  • A northwesterly flow behind Tuesday's storm will continue to bring weak systems in for Wednesday & Thursday
  • A change in the weather pattern will come for the end of the week as a strong ridge of high pressure builds off the coast for drier weather next weekend
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Tonight's rain-maker will also bring fresh mountain snow and gusty winds to the south coast

Foggy Sochi
  • Thick fog rolled in across Rosa Khutor Extreme Park Monday morning. The men's snowboard cross was delayed for four hours before officials finally cancelled it, deeming the course too unsafe. The race has been rescheduled for Tuesday morning. And the men's 15-kilometre biathlon mass start was also postponed because of the fog. It is now scheduled to take place Monday afternoon
  • Temperatures both at the coast and in the mountains will be cooler by a good 5-10 degrees than last week, but the sun will continue to be replaced with cloud and rounds of showers/mountain snow. Visibility and fog will likely continue to be an issue Monday & Tuesday
  • Wednesday the weather pattern changes again and skies should clear out for the end of the week
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Southern Ontario Messy Tuesday AM Commute Ahead
  • A special weather statement is in place for an Alberta Clipper system that will bring 5-10 cm of snowfall to the Great Toronto Area through Tuesday  
  • While snowfall was about seasonal for Jan at ~30 cm, February is slightly above Toronto's 22 cm average at ~30 cm this month too. But the real story with the snow of course for southern Ontario is the cold temperatures that have allowed all snowfalls to stay put and pile-up on the ground
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Fresh snow for the Greater Toronto Area to start late this evening

Aaaaand Atlantic Canada is Next Of Course
  • As Atlantic Canadians dig out from over 70 cm of snow this weekend, tonight's snow for southern Ontario will mean another 10+ cm to Atlantic Canada on Wednesday. It's not funny anymore
  • Generally, many locations across the east coast have reached their Feb snow averages already this month

  • A record snowfall is blanketing parts of northeastern Japan that has led to 11 deaths and thousands without power
  • About 27 cm of snow fell in Tokyo this weekend, disrupting air travel and blocking highways. The city usually only sees a few light dustings each winter. According to officials, the roof of a shopping arcade collapsed in a Tokyo suburb, and two trains collided on slick tracks in nearby Kawasaki.
  • The latest snowstorms are the heaviest to hit the capital in 45 years.

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