Canadian Snow and the 10-Day Forecast
by Meteorologist Joel Gratz for Open Snow
A cold early-season storm dropped a few inches of snow on the higher peaks of British Columbia and Alberta, and this region will see more snow through the next week.
Short Term Forecast
During the first week of September, the 7-10 day forecast showed a good chance for snow over western Canada. And that’s exactly what we saw between about September 13-16.
And in southern British Columbia, I didn’t find snow on the webcam at Red Mountain Resort, but I did catch a rainbow that appeared after a passing shower!
You can view the webcams for each mountain for free, and All-Access subscribers have the option to view a time-lapse of the past 24 hours.
Looking ahead, the forecast for the next week (September 17-24) shows more of the same with 6+ inches of snow for parts of British Columbia and Alberta, extending into northern Montana.
I am highlighting this early-season snow because it gets us excited for the season ahead. Don’t read anything into it, though, as snow during September is a regular occurrence and has little or no correlation with snowfall during the rest of the season.
The extended 10-15 day forecast (for September 25-30) shows a good chance that cooler air will hang around the west and northwest. This likely means that western Canada and the Northern Rockies of the United States will see another few chances for high-elevation snowfall.
For a forecast like this, beyond 10 days, I like to show the temperature prediction rather than a snowfall prediction because the 10+ day temperature forecast is more reliable than the 10+ day outlook for snow.
I’ll be back on September 23 with the next update. Perhaps I’ll be able to share more snowy photos…
Thanks for reading!