Bundle up, Metro Vancouver. More snow, or worse, freezing rain is on the way.
Global BC Metorologist Michael Kuss says we’re likely to see a few flurries or flakes tonight, but nothing major.
But tomorrow afternoon, he says we’re going to get hit. The question is with what.
“Right now we are looking at the potential for some rain, but we have to flush out a lot of arctic air. And every time the forecast has called for rain, the actic air stayed locked in across the Lower Mainland and we’ve had snow … And that could be the case again this time. If it turns out to be a snow event, we could see 10 plus centimetres.”
Kuss says freezing rain is a real possibility, with rain starting at higher elevations, then tumbling throught that band of arctic air.
He says the Fraser Valley, Howe Sound, and Squamish areas are at particular risk, with higher concentrations of that cold air.
He adds whether it’s rain or snow, it could make for an ugly start to the week for many drivers.
“And of course, as is often the case, for the Monday morning commute it could be really really slippery and sloppy.”
An Environment Canada special weather statement forecasting snow remains in effect for the weekend, but admits the amount of warming and precipitation for Sunday “are still uncertain.”
“Over coastal areas, snowfall accumulation is expected to be small and precipitation will likely change completely to rain Sunday evening. Areas prone to cool outflow winds from the Interior, such as the Fraser Valley and Squamish, may not change to rain at all resulting in higher snow accumulations. There is also a a risk of freezing rain in the outflow prone areas and over Metro Vancouver.”
Kuss says the latest projections also show a new possibility of snow Tuesday, with a consistent pattern throughout the week.
And if you’ve had your fill of ice, snow, and salt Kuss, might have some good news for you next weekend.
“This is the first time we’ve seen anything in the forecast modelling that suggests we might see temperatures near seasonal in the short to medium-term and that gets our highs up to five and six degrees, more likely we’d see rain next weekend if that trend holds out.”