Some snowfall still expected for Metro Vancouver this weekend

Jan 7 2017, 4:56 pm

Heavy snowfall over the last 48 hours as forecasted by Environment Canada did not materialize, and at this time it appears that this weekend’s weather won’t be as snowy as first anticipated.

Daytime high temperatures in Vancouver will warm up slightly to just above zero, but it will remain relatively cold this weekend due to a ride of high pressure of the BC Interior that is forcing cool air to the coast. The federal weather agency says a band of light snow will arrive tonight, and only a slight amount of approximately 2 cm should accumulate by Sunday morning.

However, later on Sunday, a more significant band of precipitation will arrive and mix with the cold air that remains in the region. A mix of snow and rain is expected to begin Sunday afternoon, with snowfall heaviest in Metro Vancouver’s eastern municipalities and higher elevation areas.

For areas near the warming influence of ocean waters, snowfall on Sunday may be small and precipitation may change completely to rain Sunday evening.

“Areas prone to strong outflow, such as the Fraser Valley and Squamish, may not change to rain at all and result in higher accumulations,” reads a special weather statement. “These areas may also have a risk of freezing rain.”

“At this time, the amount of warming and precipitation amounts for Sunday are still uncertain. Please monitor forecasts for the most up to date information.”

Vancouver International Airport

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Image by: Environment Canada


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Whistler Village

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