So far this winter is very similar to last season. No snow for the first couple month of (so-called) winter. I remember very clearly when the snow finally did arrive last year. It was at the beginning of February, coinciding with the birth of my son – meaning I didn’t have a chance to get out and enjoy the snow. The snow is bound to show up on the North Shore eventually. But when? Unfortunately the answer is ‘no time soon’.

For next week, weather models are predicting a return of the strong high pressure ridge that brought us double digit temperatures, sunny skies, and fog this week.

Weather model showing a return of the strong ridge of high pressure early next week.
Weather model showing a return of the strong ridge of high pressure early next week.

It could be really nice on the mountains, but for us snow enthusiasts it’s not great news. We need at least another 50-100 cm before the popular backcountry ski lines become decent, or even skiable. Just remember, it can all change in an instant around here. We’ve seen periods around this time of year where almost 200 cm accumulates in a matter of weeks. Let’s hope!

Ensemble weather prediction showing temperature and precipitation for Vancouver. You can see there is essentially no precipitation expected until at least January 15 or 16 (highlighted).
Ensemble weather prediction showing temperature and precipitation for Vancouver. You can see there is essentially no precipitation expected until at least January 15 or 16 (highlighted).

There’s a good chance we could see more of this next week (image below):

Sunny and warm on the mountains while the city dwellers sulk about in the soupy fog.
Sunny and warm on the mountains while the city dwellers sulk about in the soupy fog.
Enough Already! When’s it Going to Start Snowing Again?

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