A snowfall warning has been issued for Metro Vancouver, with up to 15 cm of accumulation expected by Friday morning — as well as the risk of freezing rain.
The warning is in effect for the entire region, southeast including Surrey and Langley.
Environment Canada attributes the snowfall to a slow moving system low off Vancouver Island impacting the area.
A band of precipitation pushing up from the south is spreading snow across the South Coast, with the heaviest totals expected tonight as the band moves overhead.
Between 5 to 15 cm is possible by early Friday, it says.
At 3pm Valentine’s Day, radar shows a band of heavy precipitation is moving up from the south. Expect snow to intensify over the south coast just in time for rush hour. Drive carefully. #BCstorm pic.twitter.com/ntmG5PbU4w
— ECCC Weather British Columbia (@ECCCWeatherBC) February 14, 2019
It’s milder weather than earlier this week, so the snow will be wetter and heavier, according to the warning.
“With the onset of milder air with this system and prolonged outflow conditions a risk of freezing rain will exist tonight and Friday morning,” the agency said in a statement.
Drivers should expect quickly changing and deteriorating road conditions, making travel difficult in some locations.
“There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas.”