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Environment Canada Issues Heavy Snowfall Warning; Expect 10-25cm Friday

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Photo: Sonika Arora 604/ Flickr

Environment Canada has just issued a special weather statement for Metro Vancouver detailing the arrival of a heavy snowfall.

“Snow will develop over all areas of the south coast this morning as a Pacific frontal system approaches from the northwest. Periods of snow will continue through most of tonight as the associated low pressure system crosses the area,” the statement reads.

The long period of snowfall will result in 10 to 20 centimetres of snow. That’s an additional 5cm from last night’s forecast, and an additional 10cm from Thursday morning’s forecast.

Snow accumulation could reach as much as 25 centimetres in the North Shore. Temperatures will remain steady near zero.


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Photo: Environment Canada


Areas near the water will see the lower amounts as the snow becomes wet or mixed with rain this afternoon and tonight. The snow will end late overnight as the low moves to the south.

Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas. The dusting of snow we received earlier this week led to 22 collisions within 24 hours in Richmond.

The snowfall warning is in effect for:

  • City of Vancouver – including Burnaby and New Westminster
  • Metro Vancouver – northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge
  • Metro Vancouver – southeast including Surrey and Langley
  • Metro Vancouver – southwest including Richmond and Delta
  • North Shore – including West Vancouver and North Vancouver

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