The crazy weather has continued here in the greater Vancouver area. At the end of the week, we were dealing with significant accumulations of snow and freezing temperatures that went into the double negative digits. Late Friday evening, that all switched as the freezing rain turned into regular rain. The temperatures rose rapidly, going well above freezing.
To say it was regular rain is a bit of an understatement. It rained heavily from late Friday to well into Saturday evening. If my car was reading it correctly, it might have reached 10 degrees Celsius at one point on Saturday afternoon. The combination of the warm temperatures and massive amount of rain meant that a significant amount of the snow on the ground melted. This was great because nearly all the roads were bare and free of snow by Saturday afternoon. This was wild because just a day before, it was chaos on the roads. Unfortunately, this influx of water from the sky and the melting snow meant that flooding was a concern in some areas.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a wild swing in temperature and precipitation types in such a short time. It’s difficult to describe but the air went from being very dry to basically humid. On Saturday, it felt like the air was heavy with moisture everywhere you went. The mirrors in my parkade were dripping with condensation. It seemed like everything was just wet and moist no matter where you looked.
It’s now Sunday and it also rained today as well. About 48 hours ago, the entire city was covered in snow. Now, as I look outside my window, I’m having trouble seeing any evidence it snowed at all. It looks like a regular, traditional wet Vancouver Christmas.
The rest of the week calls for rain. Tomorrow the high is supposed to be a balmy 11 degrees Celsius. The lows are going to be well above freezing. This is the type of weather I’m used to for winter. I hope it stays.