If you thought the recent bout of warmer weather was a sign that spring was on its way then think again.
After a brief warming trend, temperatures across much of the country will dip beginning later in the week, bringing a chance of snowfall across Canada’s largest cities including Vancouver.
The latest long-term forecast this morning from The Weather Network indicates snow could return to Metro Vancouver by Thursday and continue through next week at least. Although the expected accumulations are currently relatively minimal.
Of course, the weather outlook could change as the week progresses, and at the moment Environment Canada’s own forecast is calling for the same cold temperatures, but no dusting of the white stuff until the weekend at the earliest.
Heavy snowfall returned to the region on February 3 and continued for almost a week before temperatures brought a welcome respite from the wintery weather.
Vancouver’s official weather station at Vancouver International Airport recorded 35.4 cm of snow in February to date, including 22.6 cm within a 48-hour period starting on February 3. Another 27.4 cm fell within a six week period of sub-zero temperatures beginning in early-December.
So far this winter season, 50 cm of snow has fallen at YVR, with higher accumulations experienced elsewhere in the city and further east – on higher elevations and away from the warming influence of sea water.