Rainy Pattern All Week...Warming Up Though...Mar 3rd

  • After a very icy morning for parts of the Fraser Valley, freezing rain warnings remain in place today for parts of the sea to sky highway but have now ended for the Fraser Valley. A number of school were closed this morning because of the ice..the same system brought 20-40 cm of snow yesterday to the mountain passes
  • Left-over Arctic air from the weekend and a new Pacific storm system are still producing pockets of ice over the eastern Fraser Valley and Sea to Sky - specifically near Hope, and the Howe Sound/Whistler regions.
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  • Temperatures will finally rise above zero during the afternoon and precipitation will change over to rain.
  • As for Vancouver, rain will continue for the afternoon hours before tapering to showers later tonight
  • Another system will move in early tomorrow morning for another good round of rain through Tuesday
  • Meanwhile the Arctic front still stretches from the eastern Fraser valley to Whistler and then west across northern Vancouver Island - so higher elevation flurries are possible overnight & tomorrow morning
  • The general flow will continue from the west bringing another system in for Wednesday & an even stringer system in for Thursday
  • Temps will remain slightly below seasonal for the next few days but will warm up into the double digits by the end of the week
  • By the end of the week Vancouver will likely receive more than 100 mm of rain...avalanche danger is also climbing this week thanks to fresh storm snow

Bitterly Cold Still in Place..Slight Break Mid-Week
  • Temperatures are still well-below seasonal today from coast to coast..Toronto woke up to a -28 wind chill this morning!
  • Slight reprieve from the dangerous wind chills will start in the Prairies over the next couple of days, spreading east by mid-week, as the heart of the Arctic air retreats northward.... Temps will still be below seasonal but it's something
  • Also of note is the Great Lakes ice cover- well above average. According to NOAA, ice cover on North America's Great Lakes peaked at 88.42% on February 12-13 - a percentage not recorded since 1994

Snowstorm for Eastern Canada
  • A sprawling winter storm is hitting the east coast with significant snows and freezing rain.
  • Over 100 million people over past two days have already been affected, from Texas to New Jersey, with the swath now hitting along from Washington DC through Baltimore and into Southern New Jersey
  • This latest blast of winter could bring as much as 30 cm of snow by the end of the day in Washington, Baltimore and elsewhere in the mid-Atlantic region.
  • Federal government workers in Washington are staying home and officials say the forecast was enough to shut down much of the nation's capital.
  • Cool YouTube video shower 'thundersnow' in Washington: http://youtu.be/yHZo0Y-TFoc
  • The good news for us is that this storm is staying south of southern Ontario & Quebec today.. but thousands of flights cancelled south of the border
  • Behind the storm, cold temps will surge southward for the storm-hit regions over the next couple of days
The latest marine forecast indicates 9 to 10 tenths of thin ice cover over Lake Ontario. Follow @CBCWeather for latest Canadian weather updates.

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