Environment Canada is warning commuters of plunging temperatures and poor travel conditions as melted snow freezes overnight.
On Tuesday (Nov. 29), locals faced lengthy delays on major Metro Vancouver roads as a winter storm brought strong winds and 10 cm to 20 cm of snowfall.
TransLink had issued just shy of 200 bus alerts by 6 p.m. and warned commuters of crowding at bus stops. Early Wednesday morning, the transportation authority advised them to prepare again for long waits in the cold weather due to "considerable delays."
While daytime temperatures rose above freezing Wednesday, Environment Canada calls for icy conditions to develop on untreated surfaces as temperatures drop down to -4 C overnight.
The national weather forecaster notes that increasing outflow winds will bring colder air to the south coast overnight, producing windchill values ranging from -5 C to -10 C and even -15 C over the eastern Fraser Valley.
The frigid temperatures are expected to remain through Thursday night. On Friday, temperatures will rise a couple of degrees above freezing but snow or rain is expected. The snow or rain is expected to continue overnight, too.
On Saturday, the forecast includes a mix of sun and cloud but overnight temperatures are expected to dip down to -4 C. Sunday is expected to be clear and sunny, with a low of -3 C overnight.
Metro Vancouver weather forecast heading into December