Winter storm to bring more snow to Metro Vancouver today


Hopefully Santa brought you ice melt and shovels, because a bit more of the frosty white stuff is due our way in Metro Vancouver Wednesday.

Environment Canada issued snowfall and winter storm warnings for Metro Vancouver early Wednesday morning.

For the City of Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, and the North Shore, the warning indicates a frontal system coming in from the west will bring with it snow, with snowfall amounts of up to 5 cm during the day.

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Last year, Vancouver residents faced unexpected amounts of snow. Photo Dan Toulgoet/Vancouver Courier

By the evening, a low developing southwest of the region will lead to rainfall near sea level, but more snow at higher elevations–up to 10 cm tonight. Overall, Thursday morning should be rainy around Metro Vancouver.

For the northeast (i.e. Coquitlam and Maple Ridge) and southeast (i.e. Surrey and Langley) portions of Metro Vancouver, Environment Canada warns of hazardous winter conditions, with up to 5 cm of snow Wednesday.

“A strong system will move towards Vancouver Island tonight and the snowfall will intensify. Warmer air aloft will spread across the region while brisk northeast winds maintain the cool air near the surface,” notes the Winter Storm Warning.

These regions could get snow in the 10 to 20 cm range before it turns into freezing rain on Thursday. By Friday, places like the Central and Eastern Fraser Valley could be extremely icy.

However, absent from any warnings are Richmond and Delta, which should stay pretty dry Wednesday overall.

Environment Canada cautions that road conditions throughout the region may be quite icy and hazardous over the next few days, and urges everyone to be patient and to take all appropriate precautions.

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Right now it appears we can expect to wrap up 2017 with wet, cold, and icy conditions before moving into 2018 with some sunnier, clear, and even colder days.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom