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B.C.: April to kick off with unseasonably cool temperatures, drying out period

Tuesday, March 31st 2020, 12:52 pm - Expect mainly dry conditions for the Lower Mainland through the weekend thanks to a large upper low over the Northwest U.S. and Western Canada

British Columbians can thank a broad, upper-level trough in the atmosphere for bringing considerably chilly temperatures to the province for the rest of the week. Some areas could be 10°C to 20°C below normal for this time of the year. However, the good news is after the last lingering flakes and raindrops taper off through Wednesday, the province will be on the drier side right through to early next week. Details and timing, below.


  • Some higher-elevation snow lingers into Wednesday for parts of the interior, ending through the day
  • Several days of dry weather ahead for the rest of the week, though below seasonal
  • Stay up-to-date on the weather ALERTS in your area


Some higher-elevation snow, with freezing levels in the 800-1000-metre range will linger into Wednesday, though with modest amounts, ending by the evening.


At lower elevations, there's a slight chance of light rain or drizzle Wednesday afternoon for southern Vancouver Island and the Metro Vancouver area.

However, that will be the last of the precipitation for awhile. No organized systems are expected into the weekend through early next week. However, people in the region should be prepared for some below-seasonal temperatures -- well-below seasonal for the northern and central Interior and a few degrees colder across the south coast.

Weather Network meteorologist Kelly Sonnenburg says a broad, upper-level trough in the atmosphere is to blame for this chilly weather pattern. The coldest air relative to normal will actually be focused on Western Canada as April begins.

"Many areas across B.C. will experience temperatures well below seasonal for this time of year. Across northern parts of the province, temperatures will trend 10°C to 20°C below normal for the start of April. Southern regions will trend closer to 5°C-10°C below normal," says Sonnenburg.

Stay tuned to The Weather Network as we continue to update the forecasts.

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