Special weather statement for "early season snow" remains in effect on Friday

Oct 23 2020, 9:43 am

A special weather statement involving “early season wet snow” over higher elevations around Metro Vancouver remains in effect Friday morning.

According to Environment Canada, the statement is in effect for:

  • 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

“Early season wet snow over higher terrain is possible this morning as a modified Arctic airmass arrives on the coast,” the agency states. “Below seasonal temperatures will continue through the weekend.”

Environment Canada said the low pressure system off Vancouver Island will move into Washington State this evening.

Meanwhile, Arctic air will advance southward through the BC Interior, and “the onset of precipitation combined with falling temperatures will bring a risk of wet snow to neighbourhoods and roadways above 300 metres.”

The system is expected to move out of the region Friday evening, “but a cold airmass settling in behind will ensure temperatures remain five to eight degrees below seasonal normals through the weekend.”

The weather statement comes at the same time both Cypress and Grouse Mountain saw snow at their resorts on Friday morning.

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