Snowfall warning in effect for Fraser Valley

Dec 23 2016, 3:26 pm

More snow will be falling in the Fraser Valley, including Abbotsford, and parts of the eastern areas of Metro Vancouver throughout the day.

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Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the western Fraser Valley, with between 5 and 10 cm expected to accumulate by tonight.

“A low pressure centre over northwest Oregon will track towards the southwest interior of British Columbia by midday,” reads the weather statement. “Moisture associated with this system will interact with the cool airmass in place over the Lower Mainland.”

With ground temperatures hovering just above the freezing mark, snow or wet snow could also fall atop Burnaby Mountain and other high terrain in Metro Vancouver. All three ski hills on the North Shore mountains are also expected to receive another dump of white powder.

The rest of Metro Vancouver will likely receive rain, although that could change to snow if temperatures dip down by one or two degrees. Clear skies are in the forecast for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

For those traveling today ahead of the Christmas weekend, snow will also fall along the Coquihalla Highway and the Sea to Sky Highway from Squamish to Whistler. Conditions may change quickly and can be treacherous.

“Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions,” the statement continues. “If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance.”