A rather unusual weather pattern (at least for the BC Coast) has brought periods of wet snow to Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland for the past few days (February 22-24, 2014). The combination of a persistent and relatively cool and moist Pacific air mass with an outflow of modified Arctic air from the BC Interior is the explanation for the extended snowfall. Snowfall amounts range from 5 to 10 cm in downtown Vancouver to over 30 cm at some higher elevation locations on the Island and across the Lower Mainland. The snow is forecast to taper to flurries tonight and a warmer and somewhat drier air mass should bring cloudy skies, the odd shower and highs of 5 degrees C or milder on Tuesday.

 

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