Vancouver could see record-breaking cold temperatures on Thursday as Arctic outflow continues throughout British Columbia.
Environment Canada Meteorologist Bobby Sekhon tells Daily Hive that Thursday is expected to be the “coldest point in this stretch of cold weather.”
And with a low of -8°C anticipated, it could be the coldest February 11 seen in Vancouver in 116 years.
“Right now the record is fairly close to what we’re forecasting,” Sekhon explains. “The Vancouver area record is -8.3°C, last set in 1905 with records going back to 1896.”
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Fortunately, Thursday is expected to be the coldest point of the week, with slightly higher temperatures moving into the weekend. Another cold snap isn’t expected in the near future, either.
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“We’re not looking at Arctic air of this nature returning anytime soon,” Sekhon adds. “Snow is a possibility throughout February of course, but it’s not looking as likely as this week and weekend.”
This week’s forecast includes “the possibility of some significant snow” starting Friday night and moving into Saturday.
Sekhon also explains that snowfall can often be seen during the transition of Arctic air to near normal temperatures, similar to what Vancouver will be seeing in the coming days.
Environment Canada issues snowfall warnings when 5 cm or more is expected to fall within six hours or over 10 cm within the span of 12 hours.