As much as an additional 10 cm of snow could fall in the higher elevations of Metro Vancouver as the evening progresses. Low-lying areas by the water could see accumulations between 2 and 4 cm.
According to Environment Canada, another band of snow moving across the Central and Eastern regions of Vancouver Island will cross over to the rest South Coast shortly, bringing more snow to Metro Vancouver. An unstable airmass mixed with a frigid arctic air outflow is responsible for today’s snowstorm.
Snowfall throughout the day has caused private school closures, major transit disruptions, and flight cancellations at Vancouver International Airport. It also prompted SFU to close its three campuses at Burnaby Mountain, downtown Vancouver, and Surrey and cancel all exams for the remainder of the day.
These are the preliminary snowfall accumulations for the day as of 3 pm:
Some areas of the region could see as much as 25 cm of snow by the time the system passes on Saturday. A mix of rain, wet snow, and snow is expected throughout the weekend.
“In addition strong easterly winds combined with the snow will cause reduced visibilities in blowing snow, especially in the Fraser Valley into this evening,” reads a statement by Environment Canada. “Snow should taper off overnight in behind this system except in the Fraser Valley where the arctic air will be slower to reatreat and snow will redevelop for Saturday.”
The forecast currently calls for mostly clear skies but frigid temperatures throughout next week, with temperatures reaching a low of -11°C at night.