Snowfall warning in effect, up to 25 cm expected in Metro Vancouver

Dec 9 2016, 3:10 pm

There has been a delay with the expected onset of snowfall in Metro Vancouver, but forecasters with Canada’s federal weather agency still expect the region to see up to 25 cm by Saturday.

Only a trace of approximately 1 cm fell in the region since Thursday night, with Vancouver Island receiving more snowfall than the Lower Mainland. The snowfall is expected to intensify significantly as the morning progresses.

As of the time of writing, unlike Monday morning, there are no weather-related transit delays this morning rush hour. UBC, SFU, BCIT, and most public elementary and high schools are currently open, but approximately two dozen private schools have decided to close today as a preemptive measure.

Road conditions remain icy, and drivers are advised to drive slowly and take extra precautions.

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Environment Canada forecasts snowfall beginning this morning, although areas near sea level will see slightly warming conditions to the freezing point by mid-afternoon causing the snow to transition into a mix of snow ad rain.

By Saturday, between 5 and 10 cm is expected for low-lying coastal regions while areas in higher terrain could see up to 25 cm.

“Strong easterly winds combined with the snow will cause reduced visibilities in blowing snow, especially in the Fraser Valley today,” reads a weather statement by Environment Canada.

“Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Take frequent breaks and avoid strain when clearing snow.”