Special Weather Statement calls for snow across Metro Vancouver

Jan 9 2020, 8:55 am

Environment Canada’s Special Weather Statement remains in effect, calling for widespread snowfall across Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

The statement, calling for snow on Thursday evening and Friday, is 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

Environment Canada says that a low tracking system is spreading moisture across the south coast of British Columbia. Since temperatures are near the freezing mark, a mix of rain and snow is forecasted through the region.

At this point in time, it’s believed that the Frazer Valley, Howe Sound, and higher elevations of Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island “have the potential for snowfall accumulations to exceed 5 cm through Friday morning.”

The weather agency notes that the snow is expected to turn into rain through mid-Friday and that the system will likely bring strong southeasterly winds near the Strait of Georgia.

The statement also says that more snow is possible over the weekend before a cold burst of arctic air arrives on the Lower Mainland.