Snow, snow and more snow has been in the forecast for Vancouver over the past week. It seems as though Mother Nature is trying to make up for the fact that we had a mild start to the winter by dumping everything she has on us in the span of a week! In fact, BC, including Vancouver, hasn’t seen this much snow in over a decade. According to The Weather Network, the last time the province saw this much snow and this much cold, it was 2008.
This morning, The Weather Network released a statement saying that this is the coldest and snowiest pattern to hit BC since 2008. But apparently, this isn’t the worst of it. The Weather Network has stated that the heaviest snow is yet to come. I guess it's not time put those shovels away. The Weather Network believes that the heaviest snowfall will be hitting the South Coast and Vancouver Island as “bitter Arctic outflow winds” continue on.
Of course, we can't just have a nice snowfall. The Weather Network is reporting that along with high accumulations of snowfall over the province, bitter cold and wind chills are present. It has also not been this cold in BC since 2008. Way to set records, BC.
Yesterday was also a big day for snowfall for parts of Vancouver Island and Vancouver. Various parts of the province saw large accumulations of snow. According to an Environment Canada weather summary, some areas of Vancouver Island saw up to 40 cm of snow! Yesterday, the Vancouver Airport saw 8 cm, and Surrey and Coquitlam both saw 15 cm. Other Lower Mainland areas saw anywhere from 4 to 33 cm of snow.
On the plus side, The Weather Network is reporting that wind chill values are anticipated to be more modest this week. High temperates will continue to run five to 10° below average. Wind chills near zero are expected to be felt this week. This isn't great, but hey, at least we aren't living in one of the coldest places in Canada!
The next round of snowfall is set to start today. In anticipation, Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the Metro Vancouver area. This warning covers the City of Vancouver including Burnaby and New Westminster, Metro Vancouver’s northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge, Metro Vancouver’s southeast including Surrey and Langley, Metro Vancouver’s southwest including Richmond and Delta, and the North Shore including West Vancouver and North Vancouver.
According to the snowfall warning, anywhere from 10 to 15 cm of snow is expected. Snowfall will continue on until tomorrow morning, with the entire South Coast seeing the heaviest amounts falling tonight.
It doesn't look like the snow is going anywhere anytime soon, so buckle up. All this snow has caused quite a bit of traffic delays. Be sure to check the DriveBC website before you hit the roads. Or better yet, just stay home.