Get ready for another round of snowfall across the Lower Mainland this weekend. A snowfall warning for Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Whistler, and Howe Sound has been issued.
Global BC meteorologist Yvonne Schalle lets us know what to expect.
“Snow is starting to push in. As we get closer to those midnight hour, we’ll see snow for the overnight ranging between two and up to four centimetres and throughout the day on Sunday give yourself extra time especially for the early morning hours. We’ll see snow ranging between five and up to ten centimetres. And as we progress throughout the afternoon and evening hours we’ll see that snow turn to rain. Many spots across Metro Vancouver will see between ten to twenty centimetres by tomorrow evening and by Monday it’ll be turning over to rain.”
The City of Vancouver has opened a pair of additional cold shelters for tonight.
Global BC meteorologist Michael Kuss also says overnight is when the snow is going to ramp up.
“We’re still into that cold air, we get into some snow late night tonight, and then by tomorrow morning, Sunday morning, snow will be on the ground.”
Kuss says once the rain develops at some point Sunday into Monday it will get super slushy and messy, but temperatures will warm up significantly – reaching up to 8 degrees.
“Into Monday morning we’ll start to see some rain. It does look like the rain’s going to move through pretty quickly, so Monday afternoon could dry out but be quite a bit warmer.”
However, during that time, the snowfall will continue in the Fraser Valley and from Squamish to Whistler.
As for the rest of the week? Metro Vancouver should expect rain, and warmer temperatures than we’ve seen lately.
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“It won’t be quite as warm as Monday on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, but it’s definitely going to be close to seasonal, and that’s daytime highs of four to seven degrees and overnight lows near freezing. So there’s still a potential for at least some flurries or mixed precipitation closer to next weekend, Christmas weekend, but early in the week it’s going to be on off showers.”
— Janet Brown (@JanetBrown980) December 17, 2016
Morning lows in Metro Vancouver on Saturday were minus 9 and up to minus 20 with the wind chill around the lower mainland.