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Accumulating snow heading for Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland

Sunday, December 5th 2021, 10:46 am - Cold air will interact with a moisture-laden system and will result in snowfall at lower elevations across British Columbia.

The latest low pressure system set to impact B.C. will bring a fresh opportunity for snowfall across much of the region. There’s a decent chance of snow fairly close to the coast in Vancouver, with higher totals farther inland and at higher elevations. More on the timing and impacts of this wintry setup, below.


Visit our Complete Guide to Winter 2022 for an in-depth look at the Winter Forecast, tips to plan for it, and much more!


MONDAY: LOW FREEZING LEVELS BRING SNOW TO THE COAST

An incoming low pressure system will bring widespread snowfall accumulations across B.C. on Monday. The freezing level will hover around 200 metres, affording many areas the opportunity for snowfall.

The greatest snowfall totals are likely on Vancouver Island, where many areas will see 5-15 cm of snow by Monday morning, with up to 20 cm possible at higher elevations across northern Vancouver Island. It’s a different climate south of the Malahat, where Greater Victoria will only see less than 2 cm.

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Across the strait, the Lower Mainland will see lower totals, with about 5 cm of snow in many areas. Higher elevations will likely get 5-10 cm from the system.

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) issued a snowfall warning for all of Vancouver Island in anticipation of the snowfall.

“Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas,” ECCC said in its warning.

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The snow will come to an end on Monday across Vancouver Island, and precipitation will gradually change over to a rain/snow mix by the afternoon hours in the Lower Mainland as freezing levels slowly rise through the day.

BEYOND: NEXT SYSTEM ARRIVES MIDWEEK

After the snowy start to the week, the next system arrives in southern B.C. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Milder air will make this more of a rain event for Metro Vancouver, while higher elevations will have to deal with another round of snow from this system.

Temperatures will remain below-seasonal throughout the week.

Check back as we monitor the forecast across British Columbia.

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