Environment Canada is urging those in the Lower Mainland to get their shovels ready for Friday morning, with forecasters calling for 25 centimetres of snow in higher elevations.
A low-tracking southern weather pattern along B.C.’s coast will cause temperatures to hover near the freezing mark, the national weather agency said in a special weather bulletin Thursday morning.
While snowfall amounts will vary based on elevation and proximity to the ocean, the Fraser Valley, and higher elevations across Metro Vancouver could see five centimetres to more than 15 centimetres of snow.
Howe Sound could see as much as 25 centimetres of snow. Meanwhile, lower elevations are anticipated to see one to five centimetres.
1/2 There's been a lot of talk about SNOW for the South Coast & Metro #Vancouver. After pouring over all the details from various models and comparing with historical events, here is the latest forecast.
Trace to 25cm?? Yup!
— ECCC Weather British Columbia (@ECCCWeatherBC) January 9, 2020
Strong southeasterly winds are also anticipated for cities near the Strait of Georgia.
“More snow is possible this weekend as a series of weather systems embedded in a cool northwest flow from the Gulf of Alaska moves ashore,” the weather statement reads.
Meanwhile, the Coquihalla Highway has seen upwards of 200 centimetres of snow since just before New Year’s Day, following a snowstorm that wreaked havoc on major highways across the interior. On Wednesday, the highway was closed for several hours so crews could conduct avalanche control.
Ever wonder what's going on behind the scenes when the highway is closed for avalanche control work? Awesome footage from our avalanche team this morning on #BCHwy1 between #Revelstoke and #GoldenBC. Keeping our roads safe! @DriveBC_K pic.twitter.com/TyVJqJ4liX
— Rocky Mtn District (@TranBCRockyMtn) December 9, 2019