Snowfall warning for Vancouver, difficult travel with wintry precipitation

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Snowfall warning for Vancouver, difficult travel with wintry precipitation
Snowfall warning for Vancouver, difficult travel with wintry precipitation

A potent frontal system that began impacting B.C. on Sunday will continue to bring snow mixed with rain to the region through Monday. This wintry blast will attempt a transition from snow to rain for areas of the Malahat. High elevations of Vancouver Island are on tap for an additional 15-20 cm of snow, with a general 5-15 cm across the Lower Mainland. Parts of the Fraser Valley could also see hefty snowfall, with 15-25 cm possible through Tuesday morning. For a closer look at timing and amounts, see below.

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The next round of snow begins Sunday morning, changing over to rain through the day for Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland

  • 15-20 cm for higher elevations of Vancouver Island, 5-15 cm for Lower Mainland

  • Forecasters watching another potential system late next week

THROUGH MONDAY: SUCCESSIVE WINTRY BLAST OF SNOW, TEMPERATURES SLOWLY RISE

Forecasters are carefully watching the rain-snow line across Metro Vancouver into Monday and a snowfall warning has been issued by Environment Canada. “As is often the case, areas inland and those in the path of the Fraser Valley outflow winds particularly can expect snow to continue through Monday,” says Environment Canada.

“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.”

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bcstorm

While snowfall amounts may vary due to the timing of the changeover, another 15-20 cm is possible for higher elevations of Vancouver Island and 5-15 cm for most communities in the Lower Mainland.

The wintry conditions will linger through Monday for much of the South Coast.

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BCsnow

Meanwhile, the Fraser Valley, specifically eastern sections, will see snow push through Sunday, which will intensify in the overnight hours through Monday. Accumulations will vary widely, but total amounts could locally be as high as 25 cm. Conditions will improve Tuesday morning.

Beyond early next week, another system is expected around Thursday. Temperatures by then will be milder, but still low enough to allow another brush with low elevation wet snowfall for some areas near the coast and all-snow for ski areas.

Thumbnail submitted by Colin Dudeck, Victoria Harbour, B.C.

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