A rare snowstorm in the deep south brought record snows to north Texas yesterday and overnight, with a snowfall of 32 cm in Dallas, their all time heaviest 24 hr snowfall on record. This storm comes two days after the US east coast was blasted by a record setting blizzard, its second storm in less than 5 days that left snow up to 3 feet deep in places. So it's been a stormy snowy week over the southern and and eastern US, with comparisons to the stormy weather pattern of February 1978 that brought record blizzards and snowfall to the East Coast.
Meanwhile on the opposite coast, it's the rain that's the main weather story, as the Winter Olympics begin in Vancouver. A series of strong Pacific weather systems will come onshore over the weekend bringing plenty of rain, low cloud and fog to the west Coast. The precipitation will fall as snow over higher elevations, but low clouds and heavy snow will make for very poor visibilities and ski conditions. All in all, looks like a wet gloomy start to the 2010 Winter Olympics. For Olympic Games weather information, consult EC's 2010 Olympic weather page as well as their online weather briefing website. Environment Canada is the official provider of weather forecast information for the 2010 games (see story).