While the Metro Vancouver weather forecast called for snowfall on Family Day, a special weather statement calls for an accumulation of snow on Tuesday, February 19.
As of Monday, February 18 in the evening, Environment Canada calls for snowfall throughout the day on Tuesday in Metro Vancouver and the lower Fraser Valley.
The forecast notes that a frontal system will cross the south coast and snowfall will begin on Tuesday morning. Following this, however, the snow is expected to, “become mixed with rain in the afternoon, especially near the water and over lower elevations.”
The forecast notes that snow will likely continue through the night in places with higher elevations and the lower Fraser Valley.
What’s more, western sections of Metro Vancouver are expected to see accumulations of 2 to 5 cm of snowfall, and the lower Fraser Valley may see between 5 to 10 cm.
The special weather statement is in effect for:
- City of Vancouver – including Burnaby and New Westminster
- Metro Vancouver – northeast including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge
- Metro Vancouver – southeast including Surrey and Langley
- Metro Vancouver – southwest including Richmond and Delta
- North Shore – including West Vancouver and North Vancouver
Vancouver weather into the week
Following Tuesday a ridge of high pressure is expected to rebuild on Wednesday for two days of sunny weather. However, “The next front will move onto the south coast on Friday with the potential for another bout of wet snow and rain.”
Metro Vancouver has seen some unusually cold temperatures this February. According to Environment Canada’s weather data for the month, the average temperature is a low of one degree. The region has seen temperatures as low as minus nine this month, with a wind chill of minus fourteen.
What’s more, the area has received over triple one month’s snowfall in the first two weeks. The average amount of snowfall for February is 6.3 cm; Metro Vancouver received 22 cm and counting in that time period and counting.