A) Decode the following METAR;
METAR CYZU 161900Z 28015G24 2SM SN VV005 M12/M18 RMK A2968 SN8 SLP089=
16th day at 1900 Zulu
Wind from 280° True at 15 Knots gusting to 25 knots
Visibility 2 statute mile in moderate snow
Vertical Visibility of 500ft and remember this is also considered a cieling
Temperature is minus 12 degrees Celsius and a dewpoint of minus 18 degrees Celsius
RMK stands for Remarks
Altimeter is 29.68 Inches of Mercury
Sky is obscured by snow
Sea Level Pressure is 1008.9 millibars
B) Is it legal to fly in the above conditions?
You would not be able to fly into controlled airpace as your minimums are 3 SM visibility, 1 sm horizontally and 500ft vertically from cloud.
That being aid it is possible to enter or leave a control zone by requesting special VFR.
For more on weather minimums see this TAKE FIVE from Transport Canada.
C) What are the weather minimums for SVFR?
D) What type of cloud is this?
This photo was taken last summer at a remote spray setup with Black Hawk Helicopters.