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22 Dec 2009
All right Western bloggers, time to state your opinions. The GFS has been showing really cold (-40's) air heading into the western provinces starting on the 28th. Could be accompanied by a pile of snow as well. This kind of goes against what the long long range models have been predicting for the last week of December and first week of January.... are we heading into a deep freeze???

Any thoughts??
7 Dec 2009
Its been a long time since I posted on here but decided to mix it up with some potential for a snow storm on the Southwestern corner of BC. The Dec. 14 1800UTC run of the GFS is showing an overrunning of arctic air with a good size Pacific Low. That usually ends up being a good dump of snow (30cm+) for Vancouver and especially the East Side of Vancouver Island. If this scenario does develop it will also be bitterly cold and windy in the BC interior.

Check it out:
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8 Feb 2008
We had an arctic front blow through the Terrace BC area today. The temperature has been dropping steadily since 11:00 AM and we are getting high winds from the North. Overnight a 970 Mb low is going to start moving closer to our area with the warm front pushing up over the arctic air. This is a perfect combination for a massive snowstorm.

Interesting enough Environment Canada (EC) is forcasting 15-20cm for overnight tonight and into tomorrow evening. They have issued an arctic outflow warning for the North Coast Inland Sections (Terrace), but no Snowfall Warning. I called off my ski trip tomorrow because I am expecting a massive snowfall, upwards of 60cm. Almost all the forcast model charts are showing this......

My Question is........ Why is EC downplaying this storm? I say this because the northern most area of the "North Coast Inland Sections" is Stewart BC (3 hour drive north of here) which is right on the Alaska Border - 5 minutes from Hyder Alaska. Check out the forcast for Hyder Alaska:

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 12 PM
AST MONDAY...
.TONIGHT...SNOW LATE. WINDY. SNOW ACCUMULATION 5 TO 8 INCHES.
LOWS 6 TO 16...EXCEPT AROUND 4 ABOVE NEAR HYDER. NORTHEAST WIND
35 MPH. WIND GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH LATE.
.SATURDAY...SNOW...WINDY. SNOW ACCUMULATION 9 TO 18 INCHES...
EXCEPT AROUND 19 INCHES NEAR HYDER. HIGHS 19 TO 25...EXCEPT
AROUND 13 NEAR HYDER. NORTHEAST WIND 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND
45 MPH. WIND CHILL TO 20 BELOW IN THE MORNING. CHANCE OF SNOW
100 PERCENT.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...SNOW...WINDY. SNOW ACCUMULATION 6 TO 12
INCHES...EXCEPT AROUND 21 INCHES NEAR HYDER. LOWS 17 TO 27...
EXCEPT AROUND 11 NEAR HYDER. NORTHEAST WIND 30 MPH. WIND GUSTS UP
TO 40 MPH IN THE EVENING. CHANCE OF SNOW 100 PERCENT.
.SUNDAY...SNOW. NOT AS COLD. HIGHS 27 TO 33. SOUTH WIND 15 TO
20 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW 100 PERCENT.
.SUNDAY NIGHT...SNOW AND RAIN. LOWS 24 TO 32. SOUTHWEST WIND
15 TO 20 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 100 PERCENT.

The Americans are forcasting 3-4 feet of snow by Sunday morning for Hyder and 5 minutes away on the Canadian side - we are forcasting 6 - 10 inches. Will be interesting to see who is right!! I will update tomorrow afternoon with pictures (If it ends up being a big storm)
27 Jan 2008
Hi there,

Is there anyone else from BC out there? I live in Terrace and will start this chat with an update on our current weather. It was supposed to snow 10-15 cm by tonight and EC had a snowfall warning up that just expired. I am happy to say that they were pretty close, as it has snowed about 12 cm. this brings the snowpack in my back yard to about 40cm. We are expecting to have arctic outflow winds (winds that funnel along the Skeena River Valley from the interior of BC to the Coast) start by tomorrow which will probably begin with some pretty spectacular blowing snow. The NOAA forcast for Hyder Alaska (just north of us) is calling for wind gusts of 45 miles an hour. Will be pretty interesting to see how this shakes (and shivers) out.

I guess the cold fron that was supposed to give a bunch of snow to the lower mainland kind of fizzled out. I think it was a little bit warmer than expected as well. It snowed in Port Alberni and the Fraser Valley as well as some areas of Vancouver. Looks like the lower mainland/vancouver Island may get a good storm on Tuesday. I used to live in Nanaimo and it can really come down (in squalls) when you get a pacific frontal system meet arctic outflows over the straight of Georgia. We might get a bit of snow in Terrace if this system slides farther north then expected.

One interesting weather fact about Terrace is that we can get some amazing 1 day snowfalls here. In February 1999 it snowed 113.4 cm in 24 hours at the airport (10 minutes out of town 120m higher elevation) which was one of the biggest 24 hour snowfalls in BC history - probably Canadian history. This set the month end snow pack at the airport at 191 cm. Right now in Kitimat (45 minutes from here) the snow is piled as high as the roofs on a lot of the houses. I plan on going there soon and will take some pictures........ I hear it is pretty spectacular.

Eric
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