A special weather statement has been issued by Environment Canada for Greater Victoria, calling for a potential for significant snowfall beginning Thursday morning, followed by a risk of freezing rain beginning Thursday afternoon and evening. Sooke may or may not be affected, but if you’re heading into Victoria or over the Malahat, brace for it.
An Arctic front continues to plod its way down through southwestern B.C. leaving a colder airmass in its wake. The front moved past Whistler earlier this evening and will approach Squamish early Thursday. The Arctic front will also push out of the Fraser Valley tonight and end up near Chilliwack Thursday morning. The Arctic front will probably remain near Squamish and Chilliwack through Friday morning.
At the same time, an approaching Pacific front is taking a slightly more southerly track according to the latest computer model forecasts. This will lead to enhanced easterly flow of cool air from Howe Sound and the Fraser Valley hitting the east side of Vancouver Island.
The stronger easterly flow will increase precipitation rates, causing rain to turn to snow Thursday over higher terrain from Victoria all the way up to Campbell River, and over inland communities of Vancouver Island, like Port Alberni and Lake Cowichan.
Snowfall amounts up to 10 cm are possible over higher terrain of Greater Victoria, East Vancouver Island, Southern Gulf Islands and Inland Vancouver Island. There is also risk of freezing rain beginning Thursday afternoon and Thursday evening.
With the more southern track of the Pacific system, snow amounts over Whistler will be lower than previously forecasted. Whistler may get 5 cm today and tonight. Squamish will see about 10 cm. There is a risk of freezing rain by Friday morning near Squamish.
Stay tuned to forecasts as Warnings may be issued once the situation becomes clearer.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada, on Sooke PocketNews.
Short term forecast specifically for Sooke
Today 10/23 60%
Chance of Rain
Foggy early. Then periods of showers this afternoon. High near 15C. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 60%.
Tomorrow 10/24 20%
Cloudy. High 13C. Winds E at 10 to 15 km/h.
Thursday 10/25 80%
Steady light rain in the morning. Showers continuing in the afternoon. High 12C. Winds W at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 80%.
Friday 10/26 60%
Chance of Rain
Foggy in the morning. Then periods of showers later in the day. High 12C. ESE winds shifting to W at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 60%.
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BC Storm Tracker
23:20 EnvCanada issued advisory #Fog #QualicumBeach #BCStorm https://t.co/sYJYQBIcl5— QualicumBeach (@ECAlertBC98) October 23, 2018
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