While the weather looks good Christmas Day, its going to be a different story for boxing day.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley with strong winds and snowfall expected to impact land and sea travel.
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Strong southerly winds will develop during the day tomorrow with winds the strongest in the Strait of Georgia with heavy snowfall in some inland sections of Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.
Snow will begin Monday morning and continue through Monday night.
Statement from Environment Canada
Strong winds and snowfall will affect land and sea travel for the South Coast on Boxing Day.
A deep trough over the Pacific will approach the North Coast of British Columbia Sunday night then progress southeast on Monday. Ahead of this system, strong southerly winds will develop during the day on Monday. Winds will be strongest in the Strait of Georgia and for areas adjacent to the Strait.
Moisture associated with this system will interact with the cool airmass in place inland resulting in moderate to heavy snowfall for inland sections of Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. Snow will begin Monday morning and continue through Monday night. The snow will eventually change to rain over most regions. As is normally the case, the changeover from snow to rain will take longer in certain areas, particularly over higher terrain, resulting in locally significant accumulations.
Global BC Meteorologist Yvonne Schalle says anyone looking to travel or do some shopping Monday morning might want to allow themselves some extra time.
“We are looking at some snow, and potentially across Metro Vancouver, that’ll be for the overnight as things kick up, and in towards the early morning hours on our Boxing Day. Many spots it’s going to fall as wet snow, or snow for the early morning hours and then changing over to rain. Higher elevations, though, we could see up to 5 centimeters. In Metro Vancouver… many areas up to 4 centimeters of snowfall. Much of it is going to ease off towards the afternoon, but we could still see a rain-snow mix leading into our Tuesday.”
The City of Vancouver has announced that crews will be working through the night and into early Monday morning plowing streets and salting icy patches in preparation for the incoming snowfall.
Three temporary warming shelters will also be re-opened Sunday night due to weather conditions. The following will open at 9 p.m. for those in need:
- Creekside Community Centre
- West End Community Centre
- The Hall at 1739 Venables (affiliated with Britannia Community Centre)
The City also asks that Vancouver residents check that catch basins near their homes are clear of leaves, snow, and ice to help prevent flooding.