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A cold, stormy Family Day awaits British Columbia

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Saturday, February 8, 2014, 8:22 PM -

Parts of British Columbia are still seeing below seasonal temperatures thanks to an arctic outflow. That, paired with a Pacific low making its way to the southern coast will make for a very wintry Family Day on holiday Monday.

"Vancouver Island can expect to see the snow starting around the noon hour," says Matt Grinter a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "The South Coast will see that system push in around the evening time."

The heaviest snow will be in higher elevations and immediately inland on Vancouver Island, where up to 10-15 cm is expected through Monday.


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As the system develops we’ll have warmer air pushing in from the south, allowing snow to change into rain for lower elevations.

With the current patter change we will see meteorological phenomenon known as a pineapple express. What this means is that a conveyor belt of moisture will push in from the waters adjacent to the Hawiaiin Islands extending along the Pacific Coast of North America. In other words, expect rain B.C., and a lot of it! 


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Current models indicate that well over 50 mm of rain is expected for the southern coast through the week.

Be sure to check back as we bring you the details on this developing storm.

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