The worst of the snowy weather is over, for now – but for the Lower Mainland winter conditions have set in with a vengeance.
A blast of arctic air is blanketing the province, and with it, Metro Vancouver temperatures are plunging to a level usually unseen.
That shouldn’t surprise anyone leaving the house this morning, says Global BC meteorologist Michael Kuss.
“This morning the feel is -7 to -10, [with] actual temperatures -4 to -7 degrees. Even into the afternoon we’re only going to get around to about freezing, and it’s still going to be breezy making it feel much colder than that,” he says.
Kuss says with windchills, Howe Sound and the Whistler area could be in for temperatures in the range of -20 to -25.
An Environment Canada arctic outflow warning remains in place for at area, and has now been expanded to include the eastern Fraser Valley.
It warns of strong, icy winds blowing in from the interior dropping temperatures in the valley to near -20 with the wind chill, and advises anyone outside to dress warmly and in layers and to be careful of frostbite.
And Kuss says the chill isn’t going away either.
“The cold winter weather has arrived and it’s here to stay. Daytime highs are going to be about five or six degrees below average, same story for the overnight lows,” he says.
That includes a five-day forecast in which the highest high is a zero tomorrow. Highs then drop to -2, before plunging to -3 on Friday. Lows this week range from -5 to -9 on Thursday and Friday.
And after all of that, we may yet see the snow return by the weekend.
Environment Canada forecasts a chance of flurries Sunday, turning to periods of snow by Monday.