Areas across Metro Vancouver are currently experiencing very heavy snowfall, prompting Environment Canada to reissue a snowfall warning for the region.
A moisture-rich band of precipitation that brought Abbotsford 18 cm of snow within a two hour span late this morning has moved northwest, towards Vancouver.
Up to 15 cm of new snow can be expected for Metro Vancouver from now until late tonight. The Fraser Valley can also expect similar accumulations.
As usual, areas in high terrain and away from the warming influence of sea water can expect greater volumes of snow.
— Dennis Parkinson (@DennVan) February 5, 2017
Road conditions and public transit services are likely to deteriorate quickly in the hours to come. Residents are advised to stay home and stay off the roads if possible.
There is also a risk of growing power outages from fallen branches and trees, which also happened last night when thousands of BC Hydro customers were without power.
More snow is forecasted Monday and throughout the coming week. Over the near-term, the Monday morning commute could be very messy.
From Friday morning to Saturday night, the weather stations at Vancouver International Airport and Abbotsford International Airport recorded 22.6 cm and 37 cm of snow, respectively.
As of earlier this afternoon in Chilliwack, over 70 cms was recorded.
— NoahZytaruk (@NoahZytaruk) February 5, 2017
— Dawn (@DawnandDoobie) February 5, 2017