Old man winter just won’t quit, with a possibility of snow over many areas of the Lower Mainland tonight.
Global BC Meteorologist Kristi Gordon says flurries could start as early as late this evening, but notes the snowfall is likely to be spotty, with some areas seeing up to five centimetres, while others may get none at all.
She says the flurries should shift over to rainfall at some point tomorrow. With overnight temperatures forecast in the zero to minus-one range, she says that shift could happen quite quickly.
The big question remains how the weather system rolls in; Gordon says if it tracks north, snowfall could be limited to the mountains and the east coast of Vancouver Island.
If it pushes inland, the whole south coast could see flurries.
Gordon says a second system is expected Saturday night and looks to be carrying more moisture, meaning the real possibility of a second round of flurries Saturday into Sunday morning.
Cities gear up
The City of Vancouver says it’s prepared for the unseasonable return of snow, and that trucks have been out brining key roadways in advance of the weather.
It says its fleet of trucks will be plow equipped, and ready to go with salt and sand if needed. Residents are encouraged to put down salt tonight before any snow falls, and can call 3-1-1 to report trouble spots.
The Britannia warming centre will be open, but no word yet from the city about whether other community centres will be activate.
Meanwhile, TransLink says it’s looking ahead to the weather and is taking steps to prevent freezing on trolley lines and SkyTrain rail switches.
It says it’s working with municipalities to ensure if plowing is needed, transit routes get it first, and is ready to phase out articulated buses if snow accumulates.
Nonetheless, commuters are being warned to dress for the weather and be prepared for possible delays if the weather gets bad.