Despite just having Metro Vancouver’s coldest day of the year, winter conditions will only be getting worse, according to Environment Canada.
The weather agency has recently issued a special statement for the following areas:
- City of Vancouver – including Burnaby and New Westminster
- Metro Vancouver – northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge
- Metro Vancouver – southeast including Surrey and Langley
- Metro Vancouver – southwest including Richmond and Delta
- North Shore – including West Vancouver and North Vancouver
Starting late Thursday, a “fresh infusion of arctic air” will push through the province.
Snow can be expected on the South Coast starting from Thursday night and carrying over into Friday. Most areas will receive at least several centimetres of accumulation.
Environment Canada warns, however, that there’s potential for much higher accumulations in the following regions:
- East and Inland Vancouver Island
- Greater Victoria
- The Fraser Valley
Snowfall will taper off on Friday night but be replaced with bitterly cold arctic outflow winds. Affected areas of the province will experience blustery cold windchill temperatures and reduced visibilities in blowing snow.
Forecasts are expected to be refined as more data becomes available.
Snowfall and arctic outflow warnings may be issued before the end of the week.