While Metro Vancouver’s first real opportunity for snow this season is expected to come on Thursday night, the truly cold temperatures won’t set in until early next week.
According to The Weather Network, local temperatures will take a steep drop starting this Sunday, with a high of 3°C and a low of -3°C.
It’s expected to become even colder on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday as well, with daytime highs between -2°C and -4°C, and low temperatures ranging between -7°C and -9°C.
According to Doug Lundquist, Meteorologist at Environment Canada, the sudden drop in temperature is the result of a system called an arctic air mass, which in this case is bringing cold arctic air from the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
“On Sunday night the arctic air makes it to the coast,” he tells Daily Hive in an interview. “We’re forecasting lows in the -6°C to -9°C [range] and daytime highs around 0°C in Metro Vancouver.”
Lundquist also says that while any snowfall next week isn’t guaranteed, it’s definitely a possibility.
“Any precipitation will primarily come in as flurries,” he says. There doesn’t look to be much snow in the beginning; usually, it comes when the warm air tries to come back in.”
If nothing else, the meteorologist says that it’s a good time to ensure that Metro Vancouver residents are adequately prepared for winter conditions.
“It’s going to make the snow stick around,” he adds. “It’s a good time to prepare and make sure you’re ready to handle the arctic air and snow. Get the winter equipment on your car, get salt or sand for your home, and plan your trips ahead when you can.”
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