Snowfall and Wind Warning in effect for Metro Vancouver

Jan 15 2020, 7:15 am

Update: At 8:29 am, Environment Canada ended the Snowfall Warning in effect for Metro Vancouver. Tuesday morning’s Wind Warning still remains in effect.


An overnight snowstorm has left the Metro Vancouver area with heavy snowfall accumulation and difficult travel conditions, with little sign of improvement.

As of Wednesday morning, an Environment Canada Snowfall Warning remains in effect for the following 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
  • Metro Vancouver – southwest including Richmond and Delta

A Wind Warning is also in effect for the following 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 – southeast including Surrey and Langley
  • Metro Vancouver – southwest including Richmond and Delta

Between 10 and 15 cm of snow was expected over Tuesday night, although the exact amount has yet to be confirmed.

Fortunately, the snow is expected to ease later this morning as the Pacific front moves north of British Columbia.

Until then, Metro Vancouverites are asked to prepare for “quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.”

According to Environment Canada, “rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas.”

Wind Warning issued for Wednesday and Thursday

A Wind Warning is also in effect, calling for a “deep, low-pressure system” that’s expected to reach Metro Vancouver on Wednesday evening.

Southeast winds of 70 to 90 km/h are expected to occur before conditions ease up on Thursday morning.

Environment Canada also issued a Hurricane Force Wind Warning and Freezing Spray Warning for the waters of Howe Sound.

The conditions could potentially have an impact on BC Ferries Services on Wednesday and Thursday, particularly routes serving the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal in West Vancouver.