Thursday, April 1, 2010
This model shows a developing 984 mb low off of our coast, which will then mature to 980 millibars as it heads into Barkley Sound off southern Vancouver Island. This, I believe, could bring high winds to the lowlands, and it is something we will have to watch for. If this scenario came true, I predict we could see some damaging winds in the lowlands and some power outages. Get ready!
Another aspect of this storm will be the precipitation associated with it. Precipitation totals could be around an inch in the lowlands from this storm and nearly 4 inches in some places in the mountains. Much of that will fall as snow, meaning some places could see as much as 40 inches from this one storm! This above image, taken from the NAM model, not only shows the precipitation field associated with the storm but shows the bent-back occlusion, the trademark of a strong storm.
And, of course, there is the snow. This chart shows the 24 hour snowfall from 5 A.M. Friday to 5 A.M. Saturday. They are monstrous! Widespread amounts of 1 to 2 feet are found in the Cascades. Add that to the additional foot the day preceding and day following and you are talking about 3-4 feet of snow from this one storm in the mountains. These is very unusual for April. I hope it keeps up though! And models do show a weaker, cool storm settling in early next week for some more snow in the mountains. 🙂