A weather change is coming for March!

A weather change is coming for March!

 Chris Manly, Founder SnowForecast.com

“We have seen at least two months of mostly dry conditions, and it has been quite a disappointment." 

Next Sunday through Tuesday (March 1-3) we expect another storm to move through western Canada, favouring places like Whistler with moderate to heavy snow, then the heavier snow shifts to places like Banff on Monday and Tuesday.

Frequent snowfall on its way

Around the March 5, more frequent storms will start moving across western Canada. And eastern Pacific storm-blocking, upper-level high pressure ridging will not go away completely, but will weaken more often with low pressure pushing through. The storm systems (depicted "L" in the illustration below) will drop in as depicted frequently on a northwest flow.
A low pressure system will be making its way through western Canada.
Photo provided by Chris Manly

This is not an "Off the Pacific" type of pattern, so we do not expect the cement-like high-density snow for coastal B.C. resort areas like Whistler. Rather, we expect frequent and at times significant snowfalls for all of western Canada, but mostly moderate intensity and lower density snow. This pattern, in general, holds through mid-March.

Dense snowfall at the end of March

We should start to finally see increasingly moist and strong storms move in from off the Pacific (which we haven't seen for months), for more heavy and dense snowfall for the latter half of March. (See Image 2 for an example of the pattern more likely in later March). This will bring sun and mild weather.

This jet stream is expected to bring heavy and dense snowfall.
Photo provided by Chris Manly

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Christopher Manley

Christopher Manly is a weather forecaster and snowboarder. Meteorology is what he was born to do. 

Manly provides very detailed and micro-climate forecasts to agricultural interests in California, plus ski resort customers around North America. With 26 years weather forecasting experience he launched SnowForecast.com, because he thought that available information was useless. SnowForecast.com get more than a million visitors annually and has been featured by Powder Magazine, ESPN and many other major media outlets.