Get your salt and shovel out, Metro Vancouver – the snow is coming back.
Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Metro Vancouver, forecasting snow across the South Coast Friday and Saturday.
Global B.C. Meterologist Kristi Gordon says it’s unlikely we’ll see any of that precipitation until at least 8 or 9 a.m. tomorrow, meaning morning commuters could be spared the worst of it.
“So if you’re up early you may not see anything on the roads, but later in the morning, that’s when we expect the snow to start to push in.”
Gordon says we could see anywhere between two and five centimeters through the late morning, though adds areas near the water could be limited to snow mixed with rain.
But that’s not the end of it. Gordon says temperatures should start to cool off again in the evening tomorrow, meaning a second round of the white stuff.
“Areas further inland could see another 5-10 cm of snow overnight Friday into the Saturday morning,” she says.
It caps what has been an extraordinary winter in the city, with six outbreaks of arctic air.
Gordon says we’d normally see just two or three days.
Environment Canada is further predicting a second storm could arrive on Sunday, bringing more snow and rain, with cold conditions lingering into next week and possible additional snowfall.
Meanwhile, the City of Vancouver says it’s ready for winter weather.
Manager of Engineering Jerry Dobrovolny told reporters this afternoon that the city was preparing its fleet of 40 trucks, and had been brining streets for several days already.
Mayor Gregor Robertson, who took some heat for not being present during the worst of the last winter weather, says he’ll be staying in town this weekend.