You made it! Most of you reading this right now will most likely be reading this post AFTER the Winter solstice happens. The solstice will arrive in the Northern Hemisphere on December 21, 8:28 AM PST. The Solstice (usually December 21, but sometimes December 22) is the shortest day of the year. While when thinking about how this is the shortest day of the year, you would only be half correct in thinking we are gaining light as of December 21. Yes, we will gain more light than we lose light, but only in the evening, at least for now. We have been gaining light in the evening since roughly December 10, and we will continue losing light in the morning until December 27. So rejoice, we only have to wait until the end of January to be able to at least drive home from work and still see some light!
Now onto the main reason I’m writing this post, Christmas! If you didn’t get hit with that early November blast of snow, then the snow we received on December 19 was likely your first of the season. Here’s a crude snowfall map of the current snow depth for the province of BC.
Temperatures are currently at or below freezing for most if not all of BC.
The weather models have an area of low pressure sliding down the coast giving the north coast snow on Thursday, and it will eventually make its way down the coast to give snow to Vancouver Island and parts of the lower mainland. The difference between the snow event this time and last is that there isn’t as much moisture in the atmosphere to tap in to. Several models are giving chances of snow from Sunday into Monday. I will make another post regarding Sunday and Monday by Saturday. My confidence in the forecast for next week is currently low, as some models are bringing in the coldest (arctic) air of the season as early as the 27th of December.