Only a few short days ago that we reported that Environment Canada issuing a special weather statement for Metro Vancouver. Well, we are back with the same news. At around 5 AM on Wednesday morning, Environment Canada issued another special weather statement that is in effect for multiple areas in Metro Vancouver. Be prepared to see snow, winds, and “bitterly cold arctic outflow".
According to the statement, a number of areas will be impacted by this extremely cold weather. These areas include the city of Vancouver including Burnaby and New Westminster, Metro Vancouver’s northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge, the southeast including Surrey and Langley, the southwest including Richmond and Delta, and North Shore including West Vancouver and North Vancouver. These are all the same locations that were covered in the previous weather statement issued by Environment Canada just a few short days ago.
The statement reads that cold, clear and fairly calm conditions will be apparent over the South Coast this morning thanks to “a stagnant arctic airmass that still has the entire province under its wintery grip.”
Beginning late tomorrow, Environment Canada has estimated that a fresh flow of arctic air will descend through the province. As a result, increased moisture will be ahead of the arctic blast which will give snow to the South Coast beginning Thursday night. So if you plan on driving anywhere, be careful!
Snow is expected to continue through Friday with most areas receiving a least a few centimeters of accumulation by late Friday. Environment Canada also warns that other areas will have higher snow accumulation including East and Inland Vancouver Island, Greater Victoria, and Fraser Valley.
By Friday night, snow is anticipated to ease, however, this isn’t where this statement ends. After the snow is gone, the “bitterly cold outflow winds” will start to pour into the mainland inlets and valleys. These extremely cold winds will be the strongest over Howe Sound-Whistler, the Fraser Valley, Greater Victoria, and the southern Gulf Islands. These areas are expected to experience bitterly cold wind chill temperatures and reduced visibility in blowing snow.
At least we aren't alone in experiencing this horrid winter weather. According to the Environment Canada website, most of Saskatchewan and Alberta are also under weather warnings for cold temperatures.
It looks as though these extremely cold and unseasonably low temperatures won’t be warming up anytime soon. We suggest buckling down at home with a bottle of wine or two and a good movie. But if you have to drive, be sure to check the DriveBC website to stay updated on all winter driving conditions around the province.