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LOCATIONS ALONG THE WEST SIDE OF VANCOUVER ISLAND, BC 

Thank you to The Weather Network for these regional weather links. Click on the town name for current weather conditions.

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Weather Notes:


 

June 21, 2017. Today is the first full day of summer (summer solstice at 9:24 pm Pacific Time on June 20). Yesterday was an unusually blustery windy day on the west side of Vancouver Island. Today is sunny.

The weekend weather forecast is for high temperatures in the range of about 27° on south Vancouver Island.


Friday, February 24 ~ Sooke area. A little bit of frosty snowfall last night, melting today.

Wednesday, February 8 ~ South Vancouver Island. Snowfall is forecasted to develop mid-afternoon today February 8, increasing this evening.

Snowfall over the Pacific Marine Route (including Sooke Road / Hwy 14 / West Coast Road), Lake Cowichan and the Malahat may be quite heavy, as well as featuring some freezing rain.

Mainroad South Island winter operations will be in effect on all highways. That includes additional personnel and equipment. The priority is highways, bus routes and school bus routes as well as main corridor roads. Side roads are done after that. Clearing access for police, fire and ambulance gets priority. Motorists are reminded to drive safely around highway maintenance vehicles.


Snow-on-Cars-webTuesday, February 7 ~ WEST SHORE of VANCOUVER ISLAND.  A few weather-related tips have been issued by Juan de Fuca Emergency Program Coordinator Jeri Grant:

“Make sure your vehicle is completely clear of ice or snow before starting the trip. Flying snow from cars causes accidents.

People really need to slow down when driving in this kind of weather/conditions and be mindful children are not at school and will be out playing in the snow, sometimes on the road.

The trees are weighed down with snow so be prepared for possible power outages, make sure your mobile phone and electronics are fully charged. If you see downed power lines stay back 10 m (30 feet) and call BC Hydro Call 1 800 BCHYDRO (1 800 224 9376) or *HYDRO (*49376) on your mobile.”


1953-Hwy14-snowy-Dec0616-WestShoreVoice-webFriday, February 3, 2017  ~ 3:40 PM Pacific Time. Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Greater Victoria. Total snowfall amounts of 15 to 25 cm are expected by Saturday morning.

“A low pressure centre is bringing heavy snow to the inner south coast tonight. 5 to 10 cm of snow has fallen since this morning. An additional 5 to 15 cm of snow is expected by early Saturday morning. The snow may become mixed with or change to rain at lower elevations especially near the Strait of Georgia tonight. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.” Further Environment Canada alerts and forecasts are likely to be issued. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.tempetepacifique-pacificstorm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports to #BCStorm .

[Photo by West Shore Voice News: Highway 14 after a light snow fall, December 2016]

Note: Winter tires are mandatory on the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1) Malahat section, and on Highway 18 in the Cowichan Valley area, as well as on West Coast Road (Hwy 14) west of Sooke.


Monday, January 2, 2017. Environment Canada Weather Forecast Issued 10:30 AM PST for today, tonight and Tuesday: wind northeast 20 to 30 knots except northeast 15 over northern sections. The Weather Network shows winds in the Sooke area are presently from the NE gusting around 43 km/h and sustaining at that level through tonight. The wind chill is -8°C which will also be sustained through to evening and into the night.

New Year’s Eve on December 31, 2016 is expected to be cold on the west shore, with near-zero or slightly below-zero temperatures. But not much chance of rain or snow. See the above Weather Network links for details.


weather-sooke-minus4-at518pmdec1616ADVISORY FOR the weekend of DECEMBER 17 & 18, 2016 [from Environment Canada]. 
More snow expected later this weekend for the south coast. A Pacific front reaching the British Columbia coast Saturday night will spread snow to the south coast. Snow will continue through Sunday. The Arctic air that has been with us for nearly two weeks will finally be flushed out by milder Pacific air. Snow will gradually change to rain beginning Sunday night. As usual, snowfalls will be highly variable; current thinking is 5 to 15 cm of snow by dinner time Sunday with the higher amounts expected inland and over higher terrain.For Metro Vancouver and most south coast areas a complete change-over to rain is likely by Monday morning. In eastern sections of the Fraser Valley and from Squamish to Whistler the temperatures will remain low enough that snow may persist well into Monday adding to Sunday’s snowfall. During the change-over there will be a risk of freezing rain for the Fraser Valley, Howe Sound, and inland communities of Vancouver Island including Port Alberni. Moderate rainfall in combination with melting snow could cause localized flooding on Monday. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.tempetepacifique-pacificstorm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports to #BCStorm .  [Graphic for Sooke is from 5:18 pm, Friday Dec 16/16]

 

snowtiresTIRE ADVISORY ~ SOUTH VANCOUVER ISLAND.

Winter tires are mandatory on the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1) Malahat section, and on Highway 18 in the Cowichan Valley area, as well as on West Coast Road (Hwy 14) west of Sooke.


 

WINTER WEATHER (as posted in summer 2016): The winter of 2016-2017 is predicted by meteorologists to be cooler compared to the previous two winters. Apparently if La Niña develops the way it’s trending, Vancouver Island can expect a cooler than average winter with higher than average amounts of precipitation (rain or snow).

  • Last winter (2015-2016) was milder than normal across much of Canada, says The Weather Network. This is good news for skiing and outdoor winter sports enthusiasts, but less appealing to those of us on Vancouver Island where the gardening season extends quite long compared to most other parts of Canada.
  • According to On the Snow, a low grade La Niña will be the dominate player by late fall and continue through the winter season. The storm track is predicted to favour certain areas for heavier than average snowfall. Those areas may be different than last winter, possibly including the heaviest snow occurring in the Pacific Northwest, northern Intermountain West, Great Lakes and possibly parts of the Northeast.