Cold, snowy and blustery weather conditions are keeping Vancouver in their grips today, and into the weekend.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for:
- City of Vancouver – including Burnaby and New Westminster
- Metro Vancouver – northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge
- Metro Vancouver – southwest including Richmond and Delta
- North Shore – including West Vancouver and North Vancouver
The report is calling for snow on the South Coast today, along with Arctic outflow winds tonight and Saturday.
- Frigid winds and flurries still in the forecast for Vancouver
- Snow and bitterly cold winds expected for Metro Vancouver
- It’s so cold in BC that this ferry was completely encased in ice (PHOTOS)
Snow is expected today as a low develops off Vancouver Island.
Accumulations will vary considerably across the south coast, but generally the areas from Courtenay to Campbell River, and along the Sunshine Coast are forecast to receive total snowfall accumulations of 5 to 10 cm by the time the snow ends overnight.
Over Metro Vancouver, lesser accumulations of 2 to 4 cm are expected.
Additionally, a wind warning is in effect for:
- Metro Vancouver – southeast including Surrey and Langley
Strong winds that may cause damage are expected, or are already occurring.
Mighty outflow winds gusting to 90 km/h will develop this evening over the Fraser Valley, southeastern Metro Vancouver, Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands.
Any falling snow during the period of strong winds may result in reduced visibilities in blowing snow.
The strong winds will persist on Saturday.
Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage. The warning encourages everyone to be prepared to adjust driving with changing road conditions due to high winds.