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'Snow to most areas': Metro Vancouver forecast includes freezing temperatures, snowfall

Dangerous travel conditions are possible during the precipitation event.
The Metro Vancouver weather forecast includes a precipitation event, which could produce freezing rain or snow starting the evening of Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

The Metro Vancouver weather forecast includes the possibility of widespread snowfall starting Tuesday evening (Jan. 16) and continuing through the night. 

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement as a Pacific low-pressure system brings moisture to the region. Precipitation is expected to interact with remaining Arctic air to produce snow in "most areas" on the south coast starting Tuesday evening. 

Temperatures should hover around the freezing mark, "making the type of precipitation uncertain at this time." Instead of snow, parts of the Lower Mainland could experience freezing rain mixed with snow. 

Heavy snowfall and freezing rain could cause dangerous conditions for travel and outdoor activities, cautions the national weather forecaster.

Locals were met with a blast of bone-chilling air as strong winds began blowing fresh snowfall late Jan.11. The wintry Vancouver weather slowed traffic to a halt in many places, including several major highways. 

Following the snow event, temperatures in parts of the City of Vancouver dropped as low as -13.7 C on Jan. 13.

Metro Vancouver weather forecast

V.I.A.'s Trout Lake Weatherhood station in Vancouver shows a mix of sun and cloud to kick off the week, with temperatures expected to climb slightly above the freezing mark during the day on Monday. However, temperatures could fall as low as -7 C overnight. 

Tuesday's forecast includes significantly warmer weather, with temperatures climbing multiple degrees to an expected high of 3 C and an overnight low of -4 C. During the warming period, there is a 99 per cent chance of a precipitation event, with as much as 25 mm of it expected. 

The Vancouver snow forecast could change leading up to the precipitation event based on temperature changes and timing.

Photo via Weatherhood

Temperatures and precipitation amounts vary across Weatherhood's 50-plus stations for neighbourhoods across the Lower Mainland. Stay up-to-date with changes in your hyper-local forecast.