Stormy Tuesday But Drier Weather for End of Week...Feb 18th

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  • A Pacific storm (#7 since last week) is moving onshore today bringing gusty winds, heavy rain and heavy mountain snow. Some reports of wet snow mixing in for higher elevations of the city too
  • Widespread rain will continue through the afternoon with rainfall totals between 15-20 mm and winds gusting to 35-40 km/h
  • Snowfall warnings are also in place for Whistler today for another 10-15 cm today and snow levels will be low enough for more snow on the locals and up to 40 cm on the Coq Summit and 20-30 cm for the rest of the southern mountain passes
Snow for Port Alberni today! Picture by @Spazz4427

  • Rain will taper to showers by this evening as the cold front moves through shifting winds to come n from the west again as well
  • Wednesday will start off with a mix of sun and showers (higher elevations may see some wet snow) before the heavier rain begins once again Wed eve. But not a bad Wednesday
  • System #8, and the last of the week-long train,  will not be as strong as today's but will make for a wet Wednesday night & showery Thursday
  • After Thursday, the weather pattern changes as a high pressure ridge builds off the coast bringing much drier end of the weekend into the weekend. A much deserved break after >100 mm of rain and >100 cm of snow over the past week for parts of the south coast. As I mentioned yesterday, this has certainly put a good dent in our record low snow/water levels but we are still below average across the south coast basins
  • Temps will be cooler Friday & Saturday with NW winds but will recover to potentially double digits for early next week

Drying Out for Sochi Today (Wednesday)
  • Rain and wet snow, along with gusty winds and low visibility were once again the weather story in Sochi over the past 24 hours...
  • The system will slide south over the next couple of hours so clear skies should be back just in time for the start of the morning events
  • Temps for the coastal cluster will sit around a seasonal 10-12 for Wednesday and between -1 and 7 for the mountain cluster but with gusty winds. Temps are not likely to get as warm as we saw last week
  • Looks like a few showers may return for the end of the week
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Southern Ontario Snow Headed for Atlantic Canada..
  • Roughly 10cm fell across southern Ontario overnight and this morning (along with thundersnow!) that made for a messy commute to work in the GTA
  • That system will spread a general 5-10 cm across the Maritimes tonight

..But the Bigger Story for the East is the Warm-up!
  • Eastern Canada (and the eastern US) will FINALLY catch a bit of a break from winter this week with rain and rising temps on tap
  • Toronto will likely get up to a 4 tomorrow, with above zero temps through to Friday. I know, pretty sad when 4 degrees is cause for celebration
  • The melting snow (first chance of a melt all winter!) will bring the risk for potential for flooding and even roof collapse concerns right across the eastern half of Canada & the US... 

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake in Barbados, no damage/injuries reported
  • A strong earthquake struck northeast of Barbados early Tuesday morning, waking thousands from their sleep, but causing no significant damage or reported casualties.
  • The magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck at a depth of 17 km at 5:27 am and was centred 170 km north of Bathsheba, Barbados.
  • Barbados sits on the boundary between two tectonic plates: Caribbean plate & the North America plate with  several major faults that extend through the seismic activity is fairly common in this area

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