Very Cold But Very Clear Continues...Feb 5th
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- Temps at YVR dropped down to -7 early this morning with wind chills making it feel like -12. A number of daily low temp records fell this morning including Van Harbour, West Van and multiple stations in Victoria
- The strong arctic ridge will remain in place across western Canada for the next few days, with gusty winds flowing eastward through the valleys, carrying modified Arctic air towards the south coast
- Winds will continue to gust over 50 km/h for Whistler and the northern & central coastal sections of BC dropping wind chills to the -20 range and keeping the arctic outflow warnings in place
- Little change in the forecast for the next 3-4 days with overnight lows dropping close to minus double digits and afternoon highs struggling to get above -1. Lots of beautiful blue sky though
- Some discrepancy in models as to how and when exactly the transition back to seasonal air will happen - an offshore low pressure system may bring a few flurries Saturday night and again on Sunday..but it's looking like Monday is our best chance for any real snow accums before warmer air filters in for Tuesday onward
Eastern Canada Snow Storm
- The morning commute across the GTA dominated most social media news feeds today with heavy snow snarling traffic of all sorts
- The heavy now started overnight and through the early morning hours - just starting to taper off now from west to east in southern Ontario
- GO Transit was reporting one-hour delays, TTC in Scarborough was shut down, the northbound Don Valley Parkway was closed out of the city, nearly 200 flights were either delayed or cancelled in and out of Pearson, and multiple schools have been closed.
- Snowfall warnings still cover Ontario from the southwest all the way through to Kingston but will likely start ending as the snow tracks eastward tonight, leaving 15-20 cm of snow by the time all is said and done for southern Ontario
- That being said, the evening commute will still be a messy one
Early morning in the GTA...via @LateNightCam
Atlantic Canada Getting Hit Today & Tonight
- The same storm system will continue to track towards Nova Scotia tonight.
- Snow ahead of this system has spread over Mainland Nova Scotia and will spread eastward into Newfoundland early this evening.
- Total snowfall amounts of 15-20 cm are expected today for NS before ending this evening but gusty winds will also reduce visibility through to tomorrow morning
- Snowfall amounts of 15-30 cm is expected across much of the Avalon and Burin peninsulas by tomorrow afternoon along with a very cold westerly flow of Arctic air that will bring wind chills down to minus 35 or colder over northern parts of the island tonight
- Warnings are in place across much of Atlantic Canada today
Early Canadian model outlook of snowfall amounts via @CBCWeather
Much of Central US Digging Out Today..Eastern Seaboard Still Getting Hit
- Nearly 30 cm has fallen in some locations across portions of Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
- Several states, including New York and Kansas, have declared states of emergency and are citing salt shortages for maintenance
The Future of Weather Communicators
- A very interesting article on the progression of broadcast meteorologists in the internet world..can't help but get excited about the future of science communication and you should too kids!