Snowfall warning in effect across Metro Vancouver

There could be up to 15 centimetres of snow in parts of B.C.’s south coast beginning on Tuesday.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement Monday afternoon for the Howe Sound, Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley regions, warning of arctic air that could usher in a “potent storm” on Tuesday.

That statement was updated early Tuesday morning to include all of Metro Vancouver, the North Shore and the Sea-to-Sky region. It was updated again Tuesday afternoon to add that “snowfall accumulations of 5 to 15 cm are possible, especially away from the Strait of Georgia and over higher terrain, before the snow ends Wednesday morning.

Special Weather Statement for #snow developing Tuesday afternoon across the south coast of BC including #Vancouver #Squamish #FraserValley #Abbotsford #Chilliwack #Hope #Nanaimo #CampbellRiver

Snowfall amounts of 5 to 15 cm possible by Wednesday morning.

— ECCC Weather BC (@ECCCWeatherBC) February 12, 2018

“Arctic air has been in place over the South Coast for several days,” read the statement. “A potent storm system over the Alaskan Panhandle will advance southwards on Tuesday, bringing Pacific moisture into the mix.”

Snow will begin on Tuesday afternoon or evening and continue until Wednesday morning.

On Vancouver Island, freezing levels will be high enough to keep “significant” snowfall to elevations higher than 200 metres.

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Source:: Vancouver Sun

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