An Arctic outflow warning is calling for wind chills up to -25°C in Metro Vancouver on Wednesday night.
The bulletin was issued by Environment Canada and is in effect for the following areas:
- Metro Vancouver – central including the City of Vancouver Burnaby and New Westminster
- Metro Vancouver – North Shore including West Vancouver and North Vancouver
- Metro Vancouver – northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge
- Metro Vancouver – southeast including Surrey and Langley
- Metro Vancouver – southwest including Richmond and Delta
The weather agency says that starting Wednesday night, frigid temperatures and strong outflow winds are expected.
“Wind chill values ranging from -15°C to -25°C expected tonight,” says Environment Canada.
Metro Vancouver residents are being advised to minimize any exposed skin by using hats, scarves, mittens, or gloves. People should also ensure that shelter is provided for any pets or outdoor animals.
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Wednesday’s forecast also includes a 40% chance of flurries throughout the morning and a 30% chance of flurries starting this evening. Factoring in wind chill, the daytime high will feel like -3°C with lows of -8°C this evening and -16°C overnight.
The frigid conditions are expected to continue on Thursday with wind chills of -17°C in the morning and -8°C in the afternoon.
There’s also a 60% chance of snow starting Friday night, although temperatures are expected to increase by then.