Get ready for what could be a big shot of snow.
Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Metro Vancouver.
Global BC meteorologist Kristi Gordon says the snowfall this evening should be light but it’ll be a different story by tomorrow morning with ten to fifteen centimetres expected.
After that though, slightly warmer temperatures may prevail.
“It’s more so in the morning hours that we’re going to see the most accumulation. Potential of up to twenty centimetres by the end of the day. However, we will see temperatures warm up and there’s a chance we could see the snow change to rain across western sections. It’s going to be on the verge as to whether or not we see snow throughout the day or that change to rain. Eastern sections, higher elevations and the Fraser Valley we expect the snow to continue throughout the day,” she says.
Latest satellite projections estimate the storm’s arrival between 9-11 p.m.
Environment Canada says up to 25 cm could fall at higher elevations by Saturday.
“Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Take frequent breaks and avoid strain when clearing snow,” states the snowfall warning.
The city of Vancouver says it’s running eight salter trucks and two brine unit on roads overnight and tomorrow morning, with an extra brine unit and small tractor on bike routes, and can scale up response if need be.
TransLink also says it’s ready for the snow, with staff taking measures overnight to ensure SkyTrain tracks and trolly bus wires don’t freeze overnight.
However, it’s warning commuters to build extra time into their trip plans.
Environment Canada’s snowfall warning includes the Sunshine Coast, Greater Victoria and other regions of the province.
It asks the public to take necessary safety precautions as the storm “will bring significant snowfall amounts to the above regions as cold arctic air is entrenched over the region.”
Expect strong winds combined with snow, reducing visibility, especially in the Fraser Valley.
— EC_BCweather (@ECCCWeatherBC) December 8, 2016