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By Alan Smith, Meteorologist Posted 1 month ago March 2, 2024

Snow Showers Continue Saturday to Monday

Summary

A storm will bring light to moderate snow to most of Southern BC on Saturday, with a shift in focus toward the Interior by later in the day and on Saturday night. Weaker storms will then favor Vancouver Island, the North Shore, and far Southern Interior (Red, WW, Big White, Apex) on Sunday-Monday. Snow conditions will remain excellent with cold air in place.

Short Term Forecast

Forecast for Saturday to Monday:

A storm arriving from the south will bring fairly widespread snow to Southern BC on Saturday-Saturday night. Another storm Sunday PM-Monday will favor Vancouver Island and the North Shore Mountains with lighter and more intermittent snow showers elsewhere.

Coast Range & Whistler:

Saturday – Snow will continue through the day, becoming lighter and more intermittent on Saturday night. This will be another excellent day to ski powder with lighter winds and low snow levels (100-300 meters).

Additional Snow Totals through Sunday AM:

  • 10-20 cm (4-8") - Cypress, Grouse, Seymour
  • 7-15 cm (3-6") - Mt. Washington
  • 5-10 cm (2-4") - Whistler, Sasquatch
  • 3-8 cm (1-3") - Manning Park
  • 2-5 cm (1-2") - Mt. Cain

Sunday-Monday – Light snow showers/flurries during the day on Sunday will give way to more widespread snow showers from Sunday night through Monday morning (starting Sunday afternoon on the island) as the next storm arrives.

This storm will be skirting across Vancouver Island and the North Shore in a NW to SE trajectory before heading south of the border with winds aloft blowing from the S to SSE.

Snow levels will remain very low both days (less than 300 meters/1k feet) and winds will also stay light, resulting in continued excellent skiing conditions.

Snow Totals from Sunday through Monday:

  • 20-40 cm (8-16") - Mt. Washington
  • 12-25 cm (5-10") - Mt. Cain
  • 10-20 cm (4-8") - Cypress, Grouse, Seymour
  • 7-15 cm (3-6") - Whistler
  • 5-12 cm (2-5") - Sasquatch, Manning Park

Snow is expected to taper off to flurries on Monday afternoon/evening, and we may even see some sunshine peak through on Monday afternoon with improved visibility.

Interior & Powder Highway:

Saturday – The next storm will arrive from the south on Saturday morning, and snow will be heavier and more widespread with this round from Saturday morning through Saturday night.

Although coverage will be more widespread overall, southern and western portions of the Interior will be most favored. Winds will be out of the south (fluctuating from SSW to SSE) with gusts of 25-50 mph in alpine terrain (highest in southern areas).

Snow levels will remain at valley bottoms and snow quality will be excellent thanks to consistent light/moderate refills.

Here is my snow forecast from Saturday AM through Sunday AM:

Here is a projection from a high-resolution weather model:

Sunday-Monday – Light snow showers will remain possible on Sunday morning, then most areas will see a break heading into Sunday afternoon with perhaps some sun peaking through at times. 

A weaker storm will then brush the Interior as it passes just south of the border from Sunday night through Monday night, resulting in snow showers favoring the southern and southwest Interior.

Whitewater, Red Mountain, Big White, Apex, and Silver Star could all pick up an additional 5-15 cm (2-6") of low-density snow from Sunday through Monday, while all other areas will only see a trace to 5 cm (trace-2") with more spotty snow showers.

Winds are expected to be lighter and snow conditions will remain outstanding with cold air in place. But if you're looking for fresh refills, the southern areas mentioned will be your best bet.

 

Extended Forecast

Most areas will start to dry out out on Tuesday, though we'll need to keep an eye on Southern and Southeast BC (Red to Fernie) as models are projecting decent snow shower activity just south of the border. If we were to see any northward trends, then these areas could potentially get in on the action.

Wednesday (March 6th) looks dry across Southern BC (i.e. most ski resorts), while a storm will begin to impact Northern BC with snow possible for Shames Mountain.

We may see a weaker "piece" of this storm impact Southern BC on Thursday-Friday (March 7th-8th) and the Coast Range and Vancouver Island would have a better chance of picking up meaningful snow, with lesser potential (i.e. light/intermittent snow showers) for the Interior. Confidence is low in this pattern for now, however.

Heading into the weekend of March 9th-10th and the early part of the week of March 11th, we should see higher snow potential overall as the pattern turns more active but confidence in the details is low.

Temperatures should gradually moderate over time starting around Wednesday the 6th, but no major warm-ups are expected at this time with temps still remaining on the cooler side of average for March, while snow levels should also stay low for a bit longer.

Thanks so much for reading and have a great weekend! Next update on Monday (March 4).

Alan Smith 

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Alan Smith

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Alan Smith received a B.S. in Meteorology from Metropolitan State University of Denver and has been working in the private sector since 2013. When he’s not watching the weather from the office, Alan loves to spend time outdoors skiing, hiking, and mountain biking, and of course keeping an eye on the sky for weather changes while recreating.

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