Snowfall warning in effect, several centimetres expected tomorrow
Posted February 22, 2018 6:40 am.
Last Updated February 22, 2018 2:19 pm.
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LOWER MAINLAND (NEWS 1130) – Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Metro Vancouver, Howe Sound, the Sunshine Coast, and the Sea to Sky region.
A special weather statement is in effect for the Fraser Valley.
Environment Canada says five to 10 centimetres are expected along the coast, with more than 10 centimetres expected further inland.
The snow is expected to start falling Friday morning and taper off late in the afternoon.
“Strong southeasterly winds blowing through Georgia Strait will usher in some relatively warmer air along the immediate coast and it is possible that some areas see mixed snow and rain in the afternoon. However, the majority of Metro Vancouver as well as Howe Sound are forecast to see snow.”
As the snow tapers off late in the day on Friday, we should still see a few flakes fall, possibly mixed with drizzle, into the evening. A risk of freezing drizzle is expected further inland.
The snow could make for messy conditions on the road, and tomorrow’s snowfall could have a big impact on rush hour traffic.
The province is warning drivers temporary lane closures may be necessary on both the Alex Fraser and Port Mann Bridges until this weather system shifts.
Dicey morning commute due to icy conditions
It was an icy morning commute today for many people in the Lower Mainland. Yesterday’s snow stuck around and became compacted in some places, where it wasn’t plowed away.
Most of the major routes seem fine, but it’s been a different story on some side streets.
“I suspect that for today, it’ll be beautiful and sunny all day. It does thaw out, ever so briefly. This afternoon’s high is about two or three degrees above zero,” says NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Russ Lacate.
The temperature drops back down to minus 4 tonight under a cloudy sky.
“That’s ahead of this large-scale snowstorm for tomorrow. We’ve been watching this one all week long. It certainly looks like it’s going to make a direct hit.”
Russ expects the wintry weather to continue through weekend, with a mix of rain and snow.
“We should get another break, as the sun reappears on a drier Monday afternoon,” he tells us.