If you thought Vancouver was immune from the cold this winter, you better think again. Environment Canada has just issued a special weather statement, saying that plummeting temperatures and wind chill values could make it feel as cold as -10 C this week. More specifically, the Metro Vancouver weather alert states that Arctic air will be moving in on Wednesday night, causing temperatures to drop below freezing.
Environment Canada warns of a “cold and blustery week ahead” for a number of areas in Metro Vancouver including the City of Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, the North Shore, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Surrey, Langley, Richmond, and more.
Basically, if you live anywhere near Vancouver, it’s time to pull out your winter wardrobe, and we don’t mean the fashionable one.
The colder weather pattern will kick off on Tuesday, November 26 and the Arctic air will roll in the following night. “The Arctic air will deepen throughout the week supporting temperatures and wind chill values down to the -5 to -10 range,” according to Environment Canada.
They warn residents to dress warm, layer up, and pack winter emergency kits if you are travelling.
Winter emergency kits include blankets, extra clothing, extra boots, and other things that might come in handy if you find yourself stuck on the road.
The Farmer’s Almanac has predicted normal amounts of snow in B.C. this winter with temperatures hovering just above freezing.
Though it won’t be as chilly as some other areas in Canada, such as Alberta and Saskatchewan, colder temperatures than we’re used to and more precipitation are expected. If you know Vancouver, you know that means rain.
Though temperatures may not drop all the way down to -10 C this week, the wind will ensure that it feels about that cold. As such, The City of Vancouver has issued an Extreme Weather Alert from Monday, November 25 to Thursday, November 28.
In the announcement, the city outlines extra shelter space that will be available during these times.
If you do need to venture out, likely for Black Friday shopping, be sure to bundle up.