Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for Metro Vancouver early in the morning on Wednesday, December 27th.
The report warns that the lower mainland may see up to 10 to 15 cm of snowfall throughout the day and night.
The report states that in the City of Vancouver snow is expected to change to rain near the sea level late this afternoon. In addition, snow will continue over higher terrain with snowfall amounts up to 10 cm later in the evening.
Metro Vancouver Snowfall And Storm Warning
The warning cautions that areas outside of the City of Vancouver may face hazardous winter conditions as a result of the storm.
Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and hazardous. Ice build-up may cause tree branches to break. Poor weather conditions may contribute to transportation delays.
Areas northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge, as well as southeast including Surrey and Langley, are expected to face these conditions. Also, a strong system will move towards Vancouver Island tonight and the snowfall will intensify. Warmer air aloft will spread across the region while brisk northeast winds maintain the cool air near the surface.
Amounts of snow in the range of 10 to 20 cm are possible before the snow transitions to an extended period of freezing rain on Thursday. A significant layer of ice is possible through Friday especially over Central and Eastern Fraser Valley.