Heavy snow lingers into the new week for B.C., 10-20 cm possible

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Heavy snow lingers into the new week for B.C., 10-20 cm possible
Heavy snow lingers into the new week for B.C., 10-20 cm possible
Heavy snow lingers into the new week for B.C., 10-20 cm possible

A potent, moisture-laden system is the latest storm to roll over British Columbia, with impacts beginning from the overnight and set to last for much of the day. Higher elevations of Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland can expect the heaviest amounts, but even areas near the coasts will see a period of snow or a rain/snow mix through the morning before that mixing line lifts. For a closer look at timing and amounts, see below.

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 10-20 cm for higher elevations of Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland

  • Snow or a rain/snow mix for coastal areas, favouring rain as that mixing line rises to the afternoon

  • Forecasters watching another potential system late this week

THROUGH MONDAY: ANOTHER WINTRY BLAST, WITH EVEN SNOW AT THE COASTS

Though B.C.'s mountains are no stranger to heavy snow, even coastal communities have had to grapple with it this weekend, due to a succession of moisture-packed systems moving in from the Pacific.

The third and final pulse, beginning overnight, will impact much of Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, with snowfall warnings in effect even for Metro Vancouver by the early morning hours.

However, temperatures have moderated somewhat over the past couple of days, such that while heavy snow is likely for higher elevations – some 10-20 cm – while coastal areas will see lighter amounts, or snow mixed with rain.

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“Snowfall amounts will vary due to the timing of the transition and are likely to be much higher over higher terrain as the rain-snow line is expected to fluctuate between sea level and 200 metres tonight and Monday," Environment Canada says.

The snow will have tapered off for areas near the coast by the early evening.

BEYOND: LINGERING FLAKES, EYES ON THE NEXT ONE

Further inland, the snow will continue somewhat for the Interior through the day Tuesday, while the Lower Mainland will see mostly showers, all tapering off Tuesday overnight.

Wednesday will offer a break, but the next system will roll in through the overnight hours, with effects on the province lasting into early Friday. Presently, it looks like the Lower Mainland could see mixing to start, but with a changeover to rain, while areas closest to sea level will see all-rain, and higher elevations all-snow.

Further beyond, another lull is ahead Saturday, but forecasters are eyeing another potentially impactful system Saturday night.

Thumbnail submitted by Maria Prokhina, Langford Lake, B.C.

Check back as we continue to monitor the forecast for B.C.