Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Metro Vancouver, as well as various other municipalities across B.C. including Abbotsford, Whistler and Victoria.
After several weeks of chilling temperatures and snowfall warnings over the South Coast, the weather will be warming up.
Global B.C. meteorologist Mark Madryga says Pacific air and rain is expected to move in on Monday.
“Well, after a stretch of weather that was consistently colder than we’ve had since the early 90’s, wow, what a change coming. We’re going to go from that Arctic air to the sub-tropical flow and extremely moist. The rain will kick in noon onward. It will become heavy tonight and periods of heavy rain through at least Wednesday. Total rainfall amounts well over 100 millimetres.”
Global B.C meteorologist Yvonne Schalle says on the whole, it’s been a while since the region had endured such a lengthy cold snap.
“The last time we saw a significant amount of snowfall, cold weather was back in 2008 to 2009.”
The City of Vancouver says they’re taking steps to unclog storm drains and catch basins as the snow and ice melts.
Where cold air remains today, such as in the area between Squamish and Whistler, up to 20 cm of snow could fall by tomorrow before the milder air rolls in.
— ECCC Weather BC (@ECCCWeatherBC) January 15, 2017
“Many south coastal communities have had snow on the ground since December 5, but this is about to change. The persistent blocking ridge over Western Canada that allowed cold Arctic air to settle along the coast will finally start to weaken on Monday. This will allow a series of mild and very moist Pacific storms to move onshore,” says Environment Canada in its release.