Well, the cold weather pattern won out, as we saw cold arctic air move in during the last couple of days of January, and it looks like it will stick around for a little while longer.
This forecast period will start off with another arctic high drifting southeastward across our region. This should bring us plenty of sunshine Wednesday and Thursday including fairly cold temperatures with highs in the -18 C range and overnight lows around -27 C. Temperatures will start to moderate late Thursday and into Friday as the high pushes off to the east and a large Pacific storms tries to move onshore over southern B.C. This will swing our winds around to the south or southwest, allowing mild air to move in. Along with the milder air will come increasing clouds and the chance of light snow or flurries by late Friday.
Little of this Pacific energy will make it across the mountains, with the weekend expected to see a mix of sun and clouds along with temperatures running right around the middle of the usual temperature range for this time of the year. We could see some of this Pacific energy finally make its way across our region Monday, bringing with it a few centimetres of snow, but confidence in this system is fairly low. An area of arctic high pressure is then forecast to drift by to our northeast on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, bringing plenty of clear skies. Temperatures don’t look like they’ll cool down too much with this high, and should remain around the middle of the usual temperature range.
The models then show a warming trend developing during the second half of next week, with daytime highs by the end of the week possibly pushing the 0 C mark.
Usual temperature range for this period: Highs, -19 to -3 C; lows, -31 to -13 C.