Chilly air from the Arctic has descended into southern B.C., and combined with a front tracking in from the northwest, will bring low-elevation snow to the Lower Mainland and parts of Vancouver Island through Tuesday morning. Metro Vancouver will see its first flakes of the season, though the amounts will be quite limited compared to elevated neighbourhoods around the city. Snowfall warnings and special weather statements are in place, cautioning motorists of the snowfall and potential for hazardous driving conditions, particularly in the mountains where the weather can change suddenly. Details and timing, below.
Frontal system expected to bring Vancouver's first snowfall of season through Tuesday morning
Snowfall warnings, special weather statements in place
Active pattern will bring in more systems late week, potential for more snow
MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY: SNOW TO REACH INLAND, LOW-ELEVATION AREAS
Arctic air in place and a Pacific frontal system could yield the first snowfall of the season for some places including Metro Vancouver. The front arrived on the South Coast Monday evening, and will bring precipitation into the overnight hours as the system keeps tracking to the south.
Snowfall amounts will vary considerably depending on elevation. The Lower Mainland is expected to see minimumal amounts, with less than 3 cm, while elevations 150 metres above sea level could see 5 and up to 10 cm for the highest neighbourhoods.
The Weather Network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton says that it is “extremely rare to have sea-level snow at this time of year.”
“YVR has only recorded snow 13 times before November 9th,” adds Hamilton.
Environment Canada has issued special weather statements and snowfall warnings for the Lower Mainland and eastern Vancouver Island regions. Motorists are urged to prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.
"Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow," the agency says in a snowfall warning for Metro Vancouver.
This will be a fast-moving system, as snow will depart the Lower Mainland by Tuesday morning, but will linger in the Interior through the afternoon.
However, the rest of week will remain chilly and gloomy, with more potent systems to track in Thursday and Friday.
LOOK AHEAD: ACTIVE PATTERN CONTINUES LATE WEEK, POTENTIAL FOR MORE SNOW
The unsettled weather will return to southern B.C. late week, continuing through the weekend and into early next week.
A system will track into the region Thursday afternoon or evening, but we are keeping an extra close eye on the following system – a strong storm that is expected for late Friday. However, the exact track and impacts are still uncertain.
A more southerly track would keep the strong, potentially damaging winds south of the border, and keep temperatures rather chilly. This would have the potential for significant snow for the southern interior and mountains.
A more northerly track would bring the threat for strong, potentially damaging winds to Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, along with heavy rain for coastal areas and substantial alpine snow. This system could bring significant snow to the northern shore ski areas.
SNOW REALLY IS HEADING TO VANCOUVER
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