Locals should brace for more snowfall as the Lower Mainland is expected to get walloped with up to 20 cm starting on Monday (Dec. 19) night.
Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning on the heels of a significant weather event Sunday that brought several centimetres of snowfall to Metro Vancouver as well as piercing cold temperatures.
Starting on Monday, however, there is only a 30 per cent of flurries during the afternoon. While temperatures aren't expected to dip below -5 C, they may feel closer to -12 C with windchill. Starting in the evening, up to 5 or 10 cm of snow is expected to fall.
The snow is expected to continue through Monday night into Tuesday morning, with up to 5 cm of accumulation expected and wind gusting up to 20 km/h. Temperatures are expected to dip down to -6 C but they will feel more like -13 C with windchill.
The snowfall is expected to taper off on Tuesday afternoon.
Commuters should prepare to adjust their driving for changing road conditions and avoid heading out if they do not have snow tires. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways, and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.
Metro Vancouver Weather Forecast
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