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Stormier Pattern Next Week in the West

February 05, 2014; 7:08 PM

Note: I made some comments about the eastern snowstorm earlier this (Wed) afternoon on the previous blog....

Update....EC has released storm snowfall reports for Ontario. Still nothing from Quebec or the Maritimes...

Bitter cold across the Prairies

A couple of daily record low temperatures were set early today in Alberta......

Sundre: -37.9 C (old record -31.5 set in 1988)

Waterton Park Gate: -32.2 C. (old record -30 set in 1988)

Regina, Sask. dropped to -30 C. early this morning with ice crystals being reported.

Projected 2-meter above ground low temperatures in Celsius for tonight

The overall pattern across the Prairies will remain colder than normal into early next week followed by some recovery for mid-week.


Snow potential for southwestern BC

It appears that the Arctic high pressure system currently stretching from northern BC through the western Prairies will remain strong enough this weekend and force a weak, Pacific storm farther south into the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

This scenario will likely keep the main area of light snow south of the Vancouver, BC area Saturday and Saturday night and perhaps even south of Seattle.

However, there still may be some flurries over the eastern side of Vancouver Island with the cold northeast wind flow cutting across the Strait of Georgia between tonight and early Saturday.

If anything changes I will let you know.

Wet & snowy pattern returns to the West next week

The stronger westerlies will finally break through early next week and will likely send several storm systems into British Columbia next week.

There should be plenty of opportunity for some heavier snowfall events in ski country across western Canada next week, while heavier rainfall will impact the coastal region.

With this pattern change the temperatures will trend upward across BC with the influx of Pacific air. This milder air will also get into the Prairies by midweek next week.

The pattern could remain stormy through the 19th before a trend toward drier conditions the last week of the month.

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