Thursday, December 03, 2009

Warm vs Cold

It was a very different weather day today depending on which side of the country you reside. Along the east coast heavy rain and mild temperatures made it feel more like September than December. Dozens of record highs were established for the date in New England including 20C (68F) in Boston and 14C or 57F in Burlington, Vermont. Burlington has yet to have any snow this season which means it is just short of the record for the latest start to winter. That occurred in 1937 when it did not snow till December 7. Winds in the northeast gusted out of the south over 50mph in many areas including Boston. South of Boston at the Blue Hill Observatory a gust to 70 mph was observed.

Montreal was 8C today with about 25mm of rain here on Ile Perrot just southwest of the city. The mild air is being chased out by gusty Northwest winds tonight. It will be cooler this weekend but the main batch of Arctic air will hold off till next week. There is a chance we could see measurable snow on Monday with a greater chance of a storm by Wednesday or Thursday of next week.

Prairie Blizzard...
In the west it is a very different story. Temperatures struggled today to reach -10C across Alberta and Saskatchewan and they have fallen back tonight to -17C in Regina and -20C in Assiniboia. This is just a taste of what is on the way. Winter Storm Warnings have been posted for most of central and southern Alberta for Friday, and they will likely be extended east into Saskatchewan. A strong arctic cold front will slide southeast across the region Friday with intense winds in excess of 50km/h, snowfall of over 15cm and dropping temperatures. Blizzard conditions are likely outside of the major urban areas and travel will be difficult. The front will clear the region and in its wake leave an arctic air mass with temperatures in the minus 20's. It will remain cold all next week.

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