Atmosphere Canada issued new storm watches throughout the Decrease Mainland on Friday as meteorologists warn of combined winterly circumstances on the way in which for the primary weekend into the brand new 12 months.
“We’re taking a look at the potential for 2 to 10 centimetres of snow on Saturday and with greater quantities additional east within the Fraser Valley,” Atmosphere Canada meteorologist David Wray instructed CBC Information.
He mentioned snowfall is anticipated to start out on Saturday night and switch into freezing rain on Sunday morning as temperatures heat up barely within the coastal communities like these in Metro Vancouver.
“The transition to rain will begin to happen first alongside the coast and decrease elevations after which take just a little little bit of time to transition and change over to rain for greater elevations and the Fraser Valley,” mentioned Wray.
Temperatures are anticipated to rise to about 4 C on the coast by Sunday, he mentioned, however winter storm and snowfall warnings will stay in place from Friday evening till Monday for cities within the north central coastal areas like Kitimat and Terrace with upwards of fifty cm of snowfall anticipated.
“The identical storm system goes to start out affecting areas of Haida Gwaii later this night after which slide down the coast and into the inside by Saturday,” mentioned Wray.
He mentioned about 15 to 30 cm of snow can be anticipated on the freeway passes just like the Coquihalla from Saturday to Monday.