Special weather statement warns of flurries and blustery winds

Feb 4 2019, 12:19 am

Metro Vancouver is in for a week of unusually cold weather, according to Environment Canada.

The agency has issued a special weather statement in effect for the following areas:

  • City of Vancouver – including Burnaby and New Westminster
  • Metro Vancouver – northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge
  • Metro Vancouver – southeast including Surrey and Langley
  • Metro Vancouver – southwest including Richmond and Delta
  • North Shore – including West Vancouver and North Vancouver

The statement warns of flurries and blustery outflow winds, caused by an Arctic front pushing towards the coast of British Columbia.

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The Arctic front is also interacting with a low-pressure system over Vancouver Island, causing for “bands of snow.”

The bands can be localized but can cause several centimetres of snowfall within a short period of time. Should they remain over certain areas for a prolonged period of time, heavy amounts of snowfall can be expected.

Environment Canada explains that in the latter case, snowfall warnings will be used to notify the public.

Temperatures of the south coast will continue to fall and cold air will persist into the latter half of the week.

Expect temperatures to be 5 to 10 degrees below seasonal, making for the coldest conditions seen this winter.