Environment Canada issues second snowfall warning for Metro Vancouver

Jan 24 2021, 8:53 am

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for parts of Metro Vancouver, the second such alert this weekend.

The weather authority is warning that two to 15 centimetres of snow are expected to accumulate across the south coast by Monday.

The warning was issued early Sunday morning, and is in effect for several 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

Snowfall amounts will be varied across the region, Environment Canada said.

Areas close to the water, such as Comox, Parksville, Nanaimo, and lower elevations of Metro Vancouver, will see up to five centimetres of snow. Rain or wet snow is also possible, the alert notes.

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More snow is expected to accumulate across higher elevations and inland sections of Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley – West, Vancouver Island, and the Sunshine Coast.

According to the alert, elevations near 300 metres in Metro Vancouver could see up to 10 centimetres of snow, and inland and higher elevations of East Vancouver Island could see between 10 and 15 centimetres.

The Malahat Highway is also expected to see 15 centimetres of snow by Monday.

“Precipitation is expected to ease this afternoon and then return this evening,” Environment Canada said. “Snowfall accumulations tonight and Monday will mainly be over higher elevations.”

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