Up at about 0630 and measured 4" of snow on the porch. Tiny flakes but lots of them. This kind of snow accumulates quickly so I just - 0900 - measured a full 6" out on the lawn. It occurs to me that the ruler might have gone further into the grass than the snow depth.
Then I measured the snow depth where Tloml's car had been parked on clean gravel: 1" in the hour since she drove out.
I bet we exceed the 8" accumulation just now warned by Environment Canada.
Dat's "Outflow" for ya.
Setting up here for some snow. Crazy pictures: http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/cabc0195
on the local news of snow squalls that look like water spouts over the Salish Sea. My eldest daughter and grand daughter saw these "isolated Showers" as they flew over yesterday (to the continent) and back today. I can see small concentrations still drifting from the North west over the middle of the Strait on current radar.
Reminds me I should tarp the boat and put my pickup and tools under cover tonight.
So far no precipitation here and about 2 degrees C. Nice day so we followed some trails through our woods.
This setup can drop a lot of snow in a short time.
Pacific moist air coming east over us meets outflow from the interior and the outflow winds pick up moisture from the Strait. It doesn't need to be very cold here to make for heavy snow.
I claimed to have seen up to 6" per hour of snow accumulation, though I have no records to prove that. If we do get a dump I'll try to measure timing and depth and get a photo.
Actually I'd rather not need to do that - it can be problematic where to put the snow off the deck and getting Tloml's little Versa out of the 1,000' driveway means I mash the track down with the 4x4 and then tow her car out. At the end of the drive a paved road runs steeply down hill so she can usually get out from there but sometimes the little front wheel drive won't make it up again.
I can generally make the hill with the pickup in four wheel drive but since I have slid backward down it a couple of times I do not attempt to tow other vehicles up. We leave the two wheel drive vehicles on the level and hope some other dingaling does not loose it on the hill and crash into them.