Get ready, Vancouver: Winter is making its way back to the Lower Mainland – with a vengeance.
Late Thursday afternoon, Environment Canada issued a weather alert for Metro Vancouver, warning that a mix of winter weather is on the way.
While parts of Metro Vancouver were already experiencing a mix of rain and snow on Thursday, it looks like things are going to get worse before they get better.
According to the weather statement, “a cool airmass will produce a mixture of showers and flurries through the short term.”
However, winds will shift northeast later in the day on Friday and modified arctic air will begin to “spill out” from the interior.
“Precipitation will become steadier Friday night and some accumulations are possible over higher terrain around Metro Vancouver and into the Valley as a system approaches from the southwest,” the agency said.
But it doesn’t end there.
During the transition from snow to rain, “local freezing rain is possible over the Fraser Valley where temperatures could remain below the freezing mark.”
On Saturday night, winds will shift to the south and intensify bringing milder and rainy conditions for Sunday.
So if you’re planning for outdoor activities over the next couple of days, make sure you pack and prepare properly for all the elements, as it appears Mother Nature is taking no prisoners and throwing all the weather at us this weekend.