A bitterly cold Arctic ridge of high pressure is bringing extreme cold to the north, east and central parts of British Columbia with some regions dipping close to –50 C.
According to Environment Canada, the Chilcotin region registered –48.5 C Tuesday morning, breaking the previous cold record of –43.4 C for Jan. 14 that was set in 2005
The entire province of Alberta and parts of Saskatchewan are also under the extreme cold warning issued by Environment Canada, which is expected to persist into Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Metro Vancouverites are getting blasted with the coldest day of the winter season with daytime highs expected to hit –5 C.
Gusty winds from an Arctic outflow will make it feel more like –15 C across parts of Howe Sound and Fraser Valley.
CBC Vancouver meteorologist Brett Soderholm says things will gradually warm up over the next few days. However, more snow is expected Thursday night and again toward the end of the week when it could get really messy.
“With cold air already in place, this snow will be light and fluffy. However, we could still see anywhere between five to 15 centimetres of it accumulate between Tuesday and Wednesday across the Lower Mainland,” he said.
“Later this week, temperatures will be moderating slightly but yet another system is likely to impact the region on Thursday bringing with it more snow or a rain/snow mix.”
Snowfall warnings are in place for Vancouver Island, including Victoria, the Southern Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast with 10 to 15 centimetres of snow expected by Wednesday morning.
Environment Canada is warning about rapidly accumulating snow and potentially hazardous driving conditions in those regions.
“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow,” says the alert.
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Extreme cold winter weather in Lapland / Credit: News Now Finland
Visitors to Lapland have the opportunity to experience a proper snowy winter with a record amount of snowfall blanketing the region.
In many places there’s 90cm of snow – for example today in Sodankylä there’s 89cm and in Kittilä 88cm have been recorded, around 30cm more than usual.
“It’s a record for the time of year” says Meteorologist Anniina Valtonen at the Finnish Meteorological Institute.
“Typically in January Lapland really does not have snow cover above 80cm. Such snowfall occurs once every thirty years” she explains.
The deeper-than-usual accumulation is because the first snows came early in autumn 2019.
“The reason why there’s currently so much snow, is that the snowfall started already in October and never melted away” says Valtonen
“The first snowfall comes generally in October, but usually it melts away at that time. Enduring snowfall doesn’t however come usually until November or December” she tells News Now Finland.
It is also noteworthy that in Lapland the temperature has remained constantly cold, while in southern and central Finland the low pressure from the south has kept the weather warm and wet.
“In central Finland, for example, the situation is completely different. There is about 20 to 35 cm less snow than usual and in southern Finland there should normally be about 15 cm of snow already at this point” says FMI’s Anniina Valtonen.
Courtesy of newsnowfinland.fi