Short breather for B.C. before another round of snow
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 10:56 AM - It's been an extended break for some students in southern British Columbia amid several rounds of intense snowfall. Schools in the Greater Victoria School District are closed for the third day in a row on Wednesday in the wake of more than 50 cm of snow that's fallen on the region since Sunday. While the most recent round of snow will continue tapering off on Wednesday, the break will be a short one. Another round of active weather is on its way to round-off the work-week, as another Pacific system slides down the coast. We take a look at who stands to see yet another helping of snow before the week is out, below.
- Third day of school closures for parts of South Coast, Vancouver Island
- Brief break in active weather before next system Thursday night/Friday
- Temperatures moderating means some mixing for lower elevations with next system; still a chance for more snow in Vancouver, Victoria
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BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK SNOW DAYS
Hefty snowfall totals have been reported across southern Vancouver Island and parts of the Lower Mainland for the first half of this week, including more than half a metre for some of the hardest hit spots on the island -- including at Victoria International Airport. Monday marked the sixth snowiest day on record for Victoria, with 26.4 cm recorded for the one day alone. A sample of trending phrases on social media -- #snowday2019, #snowcouver, #SnowMageddon2019 -- gives a good indication of the mixed emotions the heavy snow sparked in residents.
BITTER COLD WIND CHILL EASES
These rounds of snow have gone hand in hand with the persistent unusually cold pattern that has been settled over British Columbia for the past several weeks.
While Arctic outflow wind warnings persisted for Whistler and Howe Sound on Wednesday morning, winds should start to slacken for the remainder of the week, and temperatures, particularly near the coast, will start to rebound into the mid single digits. That means that the next system targeting the region -- expected to move in at the end of the week -- may feature a return to rain.
ANOTHER SHOT OF SNOW THIS WEEK?
And there is another system to watch for Thursday night and Friday, as the next low pressure system sinks down the coast from Alaska. Moderating temperatures along the coast will certainly help matters, but it may not completely ward off another round of sea-level snow through Friday evening, particularly for the Lower Mainland.
WATCH BELOW: TIMING ADDITIONAL SNOW, ICE
The best chance for heavy snow will be for the North Shore Mountains, the Fraser Valley, and interior Vancouver Island, with the heaviest snow looking to target the region Friday morning and afternoon.
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Thumbnail image courtesy Matthew Houck, Parksville, BC.