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Warnings dropped, but snow not quite done with B.C.

Wednesday, January 27th 2021, 9:00 pm - A push of Pacific moisture prompted snowfall warnings over parts of Vancouver Island Wednesday, and though the warnings are dropped, there are still some flakes to fall in the Interior Thursday.

There will be a few lingering flakes in the B.C. Interior left from the current system Thursday, which triggered warnings for parts of Vancouver Island Wednesday. Beyond, a brief break on Friday will give way to the next pulse of moisture Friday night into the weekend, though warmer temperatures will keep the snow away from the coasts. For a more detailed look, see below.


  • Lingering flurries for the Interior Thursday
  • Next round moves in Friday night, though warmer temperatures keep snow at higher elevations
  • Drier, more seasonal temperatures return mid next week


Full fledged snowfall warnings were in effect for part of Wednesday for some parts of B.C., including Greater Victoria, dropping as the day wore on.

There may be a few lingering flakes on Vancouver Island by Thursday morning, with some showers at the coasts, but most of the remaining snow will be found in the Interior and southeastern B.C., amounting to little more than flurries in some places before drying out by Thursday night – though some 5-10 cm is possible up on the slopes, particularly in the Okanagan.

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There will be something of a break Friday, though not a long-lived one: the next system for B.C. looks to arrive Friday night, continuing through much of the weekend.

Temperatures will be a little warmer by then, forecasters say, such that snow risk looks to be at higher elevations than the system that is in the process of exiting.

"Coastal areas should see periods of rain, but snow levels will be quite low, so the precipitation will stay as all snow for ski areas, with difficult travel expected through the mountain passes," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.

Drier and more seasonal temperatures are expected to return for mid to late week next week.

Be sure to check back for the latest on the low elevation snow chances in B.C.

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