Environment Canada continued its snowfall warning for Metro Vancouver late this afternoon just as heavy snowfall returned to the region.
“A low pressure centre off the west coast of Vancouver Island is causing moist maritime air to overrun cold arctic air in the low levels,” reads the warning. “This is producing areas of heavy snowfall over the Inner South Coast.”
The federal weather agency expects another 5 cm tonight for Vancouver and between 2 cm and 4 cm on Sunday morning, with higher accumulations away from the warming influence of sea waters and in the eastern areas of the region.
As of 4 pm, Vancouver’s main weather station at Vancouver International Airport has already recorded 18 cm of accumulation since snow began falling on Friday morning. There have been some flight delays and cancellations, but mainly for short-haul domestic flights using small aircraft to destinations in BC, Alberta, and Washington State. Only a small number of long-haul flights on jets have incurred delays.
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At UBC, the westernmost point of the Vancouver peninsula where there is a higher elevation, close to 23 cm has been measured.
Over in the Fraser Valley, where 38 cm of snow has already fallen at Abbotsford International Airport as of 4 pm today, near-whiteout conditions are being experienced. Between 10 cm and 15 cm of further snowfall is expected in the Fraser Valley by noon on Sunday.
Road conditions across the region improved by noon, but they are now quickly deteriorating with the return of heavy snowfall.
A number of bus routes remain affected by slick road conditions, and at this time there have been no major delays to any of the three SkyTrain lines.