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Winter storm watch issued for Metro Vancouver

DH Vancouver Staff Feb 07, 2017 12:08 am 65,727

Environment Canada has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Metro Vancouver.

The Pacific storm is expected to arrive late Wednesday in the form of a strong warm front.

The front is expected to move in from the south and spread warmer, moist air into the region Wednesday night. With arctic air still lingering in the area that could lead to heavy snowfall along with a high chance of freezing rain, giving way to heavy rain on Thursday.

“The greatest amount of snow and freezing rain will occur over inland sections.” Environment Canada warns. “Freezing rain will be a particular problem for the Fraser Valley.”

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Road conditions could also become treacherous as a result of the storm.

“Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations,” the statement read. “Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible.”

Winter storm watches are rare for Metro Vancouver, and are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together.

DH Vancouver Staff
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