BC looks set for an “intense” snowstorm according to the latest warnings from Environment Canada.
A pair of warnings issued early on Wednesday morning point to plummeting temperatures and “significant snowfall” across Howe Sound, Whistler and the South Coast including the Lower Mainland.
The “intense Pacific Storm” will hit the Lower Mainland and the rest of the South Coast region on Thursday afternoon and evening, bringing with it “significant snowfall” Environment Canada warns.
Strong winds are also expected to accompany the snow flurries.
The cold weather could also mean that the white stuff sticks around into next week.
“A significant influx of milder Pacific air is not expected this weekend and a mix of of rain and snow is forecast across the south coast Saturday and Sunday,” the warning states. “With no significant warming trend in sight, any new snow will likely remain on the ground for several days.”
And with more snow in the forecast for next week, Metro Vancouver could be in the icy grip of Mother Nature for some time to come.
It’s not just Metro Vancouver that’s feeling the effects of the wintery weather. A strengthening arctic ridge of high pressure will cause wind chill values of up to – 20°C across Howe Sound, Whistler and the Eastern Fraser Valley on Thursday night.
“Anyone who is not dressed warmly is at risk of frostbite and hypothermia in cold weather,” Environment Canada warns. “Be prepared for unusually cold temperatures and strong winds. Drive with care, especially along coastal routes exposed to outflow winds.”