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    Nice day

    Well yesterday was a bit of a washout freezing levels rose to around 2000m or so. With some clearing last night the alpine cooled off leaving a refrozen wasteland. Most snow was affected right up to the high alpine. Today should be nice with warm temps in the alpine typical of a spring day. A weak system tonight should bring a dusting of snow.
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    Wet Slop

    Freezing levels are on the rise headed for 2500m by tommorow afternoon. A stalled frontal system lying over the south coast will remain nearly stationary this morning and then begin to move northwards this afternoon. Further rainfall amounts of 30 to 40 mm along West Vancouver Island are expected today. Over the Inner South coast many areas will see a further 15 to 25 mm of rain today. The rain is forecast to ease this evening as the front moves to the north.

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    Wet snow

    A frontal system is moving slowly southward over Vancouver Island this morning and will bring additional rainfall amounts of 20 to 30 mm over coastal and inland sections of the coast today. The rain will ease late this afternoon over the central coast. Up in the alpine it's warming up -5C on the peak with wind 55km/ph out of the south. Looks like a storm day.
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    Light snow


    Sunday: A 992mb low in the northern gulf of Alaska will spread precipitation and rising freezing levels drawing in warm air from the SW. Freezing levels will climb around 1pm Sunday as a flow of warm air invades from the southwest. Light snow beginning overnight. Freezing level climbing in the afternoon 1400m+.

    Monday: Another System Will Bring A Few Flurries, and more warm air. Freezing level climbing 1600m+.

    Tuesday: A Stronger Storm Will Bring Precipitation and fluctuating Freezing Levels.

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    A bit more snow


    Weekend Forecast

    Saturday: We should see some weak ridging and a few flurries in the morning. It's looking like the best day this weekend. Freezing level just above the valley 700m.

    Sunday: A 992mb low in the northern gulf of Alaska will spread precipitation and rising freezing levels drawing in warm air from the SW. Freezing levels will climb around 1pm Sunday as a flow of warm air invades from the south. Increasing clouds throughout the day. Freezing level climbing 1600m+.

    Monday: Another System Will Bring A Few Flurries, and more warm air. Freezing level climbing 1800m+.

    Tuesday: A Stronger Storm Will Bring Precipitation And Rising Freezing Levels.

    We received 17cm in 48hrs. The new snow is somewhat upside down powder with light raincrust.

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    Snow in the forecast

    Skier Todd K.
    A cold front just off the west coast of Vancouver island will bring snow through Friday evening. It looks like it should stall over us for the next few days bringing moderate snowfall to 30cm through Friday evening. Lingering cold air combined with a passing front will spread additional local amounts of 2 to 5 cm of light snow this morning. Approximately 2 to 5 cm of wet snow has been reported in areas of Greater Vancouver and 7 cm of near Squamish. The wet snow is expected to change over to rain at lower elevations later this morning when temperatures rise above freezing.

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    11cm last night


    A weak cold front came through last night dropping 11cm to the valley. A ridge of high pressure over the offshore waters will gradually begin to shift eastwards towards the south coast late today ahead of an approaching low moving toward the north coast and due to arrive on the north coast Wednesday, and in Whistler Wednesday night with more snow forecast thru the weekend...

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    Cold front off North Vancouver Island

    A 994 millibar low about 280 miles southwest of Langara will move northeastward today and will arrive in Whistler early this Evening. Meanwhile a front will lie in a north to south line over The Charlottes this morning and will reach the northern mainland coast this afternoon and southern Vancouver Island overnight. Storng winds are expected in the alpine with only trace amounts of precip.
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    Sunny skies

    A weak front through Hecate strait will gradually dissipate along the north coast this morning. A developing low well to the southwest will deepen to 1004 millibars as it tracks toward the central coast tonight. High pressure will remain over the south coast until Monday.

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    Inversion

    A ridge of high pressure over the bc interior will gradually weaken and drift southwards today. A second ridge extending from The southwest onto the central coast will drift southwards across Vancouver Island this afternoon while a low approaching from the southwest moves into the gulf of Alaska. The associated cold front will weaken as approaches the north coast tonight.. Sunny skies and cool temperatures are forecast through Saturday. Light outflow winds in the valley, and up top now winds have died down to around 15km/ph. -18C in the valley, and -11C up top.

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    Weak front to the north

    A ridge of high pressure will persist across the south coast. A weakening front will cross the Charlottes overnight and dissipate over the central coast Saturday. Expect scattered flurries throughout the coast mountains early in the day Saturday as the front brushes us. It should move well to the north of us bringing back the sun. Sunday will bring a gradual warming trend as warmer air replaces the arctic air.
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    -15C in the valley

    An Arctic front just west of the Charlottes and west of Vancouver Island will weaken this afternoon as a ridge of high pressure builds over the region. Sunny skies and cool temperatures are forecast through Saturday. Light outflow winds in the valley, high north winds up top now gusting 75km/ph. windchill around -43C. So if your headed to the alpine leave no skin exposed.

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    Arctic air on the way

    Scattered Flurries today as a arctic ridge builds through the interior of the province. This morning in the valley we're sitting at -7C, up top -16C and falling. An inverted trough of low pressure lies through the Charlottes and Vancouver Island. Meanwhile an Arctic front over the central interior will move out onto the north and central coasts early this morning and then across the south coast this evening. Temperatures this evening should fall to around -17C in the valley.
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    Northwest Wind

    Wind warning for
    Howe Sound continued


    An intense cold front crossing the south coast is producing strong west to northwest winds of 60 to 90 km/h over much of the south coast early this evening. The strong winds will gradually ease this later evening as the front moves well east of the region.

    In the wake of the front flurries are being reported in many coastal. Locations and snowfall warnings remain in effect for northern Vancouver Island the central coast where an additional 5 to 10 cm is expected tonight. Flurries will extend across the Fraser Valley overnight where 5 to 10 cm is expected by Wednesday morning.


    An Arctic high 1039mb will descend from the north west bringing frigid temperatures, and outflow winds to the coast.

    Sunshine and blue skies are predicted Thursday, and Friday as the ridge gains strength. Valley lows could hit -17C by Thursday. Alpine Lows sub -25C.

    Wind warning for
    Howe Sound continued

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    The garden hose


    A low pressure system will approach Queen Charlotte Sound from the southwest this morning and move onto the mainland coast this afternoon. The associated warm front will cross the south coast Early this evening. The trailing cold front will stall in a southwest to northeast line just north of Cape Scott through tonight.

    Warm Front Will Approach The South Coast Today With Snow Beginning Near Midday. The Cold Front Will Move Through Tuesday Giving Heavy Snow And Strong Winds To The Area.

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    Arctic outflow warning

    North winds will develop Tuesday evening
    A cold front in behind this system will send temperatures plummiting as strong west , and then northwest winds of 50 to 80 km/h will spread across the south coast Tuesday afternoon.

    An Arctic high 1039mb will descend from the North bringing frigid temperatures, and outflow winds to the coast.

    Sunshine and blue skies are predicted Thursday, and Friday as the ridge gains strength. Valley lows could hit -17C by Thursday. Alpine Lows sub -25C.

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    Another Dump

    Another 30cm to the valley last night..

    Snowfall warning for
    Whistler continued

    Further snowfall accumulation of 5 to 10 cm over Whistler and near Stewart this morning.



    A strong pacific frontal system over the North Vancouver Island will push southwards this morning. Southerly winds up to 90 km/h have developed along the central coast coastal sections. Behind the front the strong winds will shift to northwest with wind speeds 60 to 90 km/h over the north and central coasts and up to 50 to 70 over north and West Vancouver Island. Westerly winds up to 70 km/h will develop in Victoria near Juan de Fuca strait late this morning.

    The storm is spreading snow to some inland sections as well. Further snowfall accumulation of 5 to 10 cm are expected today for Whistler and Stewart.

    Snow is no longer expected for Howe Sound as the temperature will maintain above freezing

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    Clearing for now


    After high winds and 40cm of snow in the valley we had around 25cm in the Alpine. This system is clearing out now, and we'll be in between systems for tommorow.

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    Blue bird morning

    Looks like around 30cm to the valley. Clear skies -12C up top.

    A pacific front continues to advance from the northwest and will cross the central part of Vancouver Island early this evening and the south coast overnight. Winds will shift to the southwest with the passage of the front and then diminish somewhat by morning. Westerly winds will be strongest close to Juan de Fuca strait where winds could gust up to 90 km/h overnight and they are expected to reach up to 70 km/h near the water of Greater Vancouver and the eastern sections of the Fraser Valley late this evening.

    Rainfall associated with this front will be significant through this evening with amounts of 20 to 40 mm over the south coast and 40 to 60 mm over parts of northern and western Vancouver Island. Snow will become more extensive at Whistler this evening and the warning remains in effect there with further amounts of 10 to 15 cm possible.

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    More snow on the way


    A 971mb low in the norhtern gulf of Alaska will send a strong pacific front towards us tonight and tommorow. The front is forecast to approach the offshore waters this afternoon from the NW and progress toward the coast this evening. Snow should start by early morning on Friday, and continue untill Saturday morning bringing 30cm or so. Another system will approach Sunday possibly bringing a breif rise in freezing levels.

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    Trough of low pressure

    A ridge of high pressure will persist well offshore. A trough of low pressure over the interior will shift westwards and lie along the mainland coast by Sunday morning. A Cool Unstable Airmass Associated With An Upper Trough Will Reach The South Coast On Sunday Spreading Scattered Flurries And Low Freezing Levels.

    Looks like we've definatley got some light flurries starting up this morning up on the peaks, but any real accumulation will come tonight as the trough of low pressure slides down from the north to sit over us overnight tonight. Were sitting at -10C up top with ridgetop winds out of the west @ 40km/ph

    A system building out of the southwest will approach the coast later in the week.

    Sunday..Mainly Cloudy With Scattered Flurries. Alpine High Minus 9. Snowfall Accumulation Trace To 3 Cm. Freezing Level Near Valley Bottom. Ridge top winds west 30 km/ph

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    Cooler unstable air

    A trough of low pressure will move across the north coast this morning. High pressure will build across offshore waters.
    Moist Unstable And Cool Onshore Flow Will Spread Occassional Snow Mainly At Higher Elevations Today And Tonight. A Cool Dry Airmass Will Encompass Region Spreading Partly Sunny Skies And Lower Freezing Levels On Thursday
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    Happy New Year

    72cm of Concrete last night good luck~
    Another system is hammering the region again tonight. High winds, and rising freezing levels tonight as a major pacific storm stalls over the area. Today brought over 30cm during the day to the alpine. SE winds up to 80km/h loaded lee aspects. Tommorow the storm should intensify throughout the morning, warm air should move out tommorow night Tuesday. Wednesday brings a bit of a cooler westerly flow bringing flurries for the remainder of the week. Thursday flurries cooler again as the flow swings into a NW pattern. Friday night could see another major storm....Last check at 10pm we've got -3C up top with 65km/h winds out of the SE. Accumulations throughout the storm could total close to 1m. Hopefully it doesn't warm up too much more tonight...Wax em up!

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