Weather forecast: Pink sky in the morning sailors warning

The dry weather the Kootenays has been experiencing for much of the summer and fall is about to change…

Featured Photo: TMTV.NET taken early Monday morning Oct 16 from the TMTV Studios at Longbeach (north of Nelson) looking southeast.


date Detailed Forecast
Today A mix of sun and cloud. High 15.
Tonight Cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers late this evening and overnight. Low 6.
Tue, 17 Oct Cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers early in the morning. Periods of rain beginning in the morning. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Wind becoming southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 near noon. High 12.
Night Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low plus 1.
Wed, 18 Oct Rain. High 8.
Night Rain. Low 8.
Thu, 19 Oct Rain. High 11.
Night Rain. Low 6.
Fri, 20 Oct Rain. High 10.
Night Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low plus 2.
Sat, 21 Oct Periods of rain. High 9.
Night Periods of rain. Low plus 5.
Sun, 22 Oct Periods of rain. High 12.

MOUNTAIN FORECAST – A strong, mild southwesterly flow from the Pacific will maintain an intense frontal zone over central BC for the next two days. A series of lows moving along the front will cause the location of frontal zone to oscillate slightly through Monday. But there will be no significant southward movement until late Monday or early Tuesday.

Today, a wave moving across northern B.C. will force the frontal zone over the Northwest Ranges and the North Rockies, where most of BC’s weather will occur. Heavy precipitation rates are forecast over the NW Ranges with moderate rates over the North Rockies/Cariboos, along with strong to extreme southwesterly alpine winds. Precipitation rates and winds will ease slightly this afternoon as the front sags southwards. Another low will develop west of Haida Gwaii Monday morning, pulling the front back slightly northwards and giving another shot of moderate to heavy precipitation for the NW Ranges, North Rockies and Cariboos.

The weather story today: the precipitation band associated with the front will creep southwards, bringing rain and increasing winds to the Sea to Sky corridor and, over the interior, to the Rockies. With freezing levels at 3000 metres and staying high through early Tuesday, snow will only fall in the highest alpine areas. Freezing levels over the South Rockies and Lizards will reach an almost summer-like 3500m this afternoon.

Finally, the front will accelerate southwards on Tuesday towards the Washington border only for it to surge northwards again on Wednesday. Freezing levels are forecast to drop dramatically on Tuesday afternoon with some clearing skies as well. With some clear skies overnight, and falling freezing levels, temperatures will near near 0ºC in the alpine above 1200 metres on Wednesday morning.